Friday, January 30, 2015

Taiwo wins three events to take first day lead in heptathlon at UW Invitational...

SEATTLE—University of Washington alum Jeremy Taiwo (left/photo by Paul Merca) appears to be rounding into the form that propelled him to the 2013 world championships team in the decathlon, as he took the lead after the first day of competition in the men’s heptathlon at the UW Invitational at the Dempsey Indoor Friday.

After a bit of a slow start in the opening 60 meter dash in which he ran 7.06 to finish in a tie for fourth, the Newport HS grad won the next three events—the long jump (24-9.75/7.56m), shot put (48-5.5/14.77m), and the high jump (6-11.75/2.13m) to finish the day with a score of 3512 points.

At the break, Cody Thomas of Alaska/Anchorage stands second at 3045, with Oregon’s Mitch Modin third at 3045.  Edmonds/Woodway grad Alec Fellows of Oregon stands ninth at the break with 2850, just behind Jaysen Yoro of Saint Martin’s at 2892.

Other highlights of day 1 included a strong showing by Washington’s distance medley relay team of Eleanor Fulton, Gianna Woodruff, Baylee Mires, and Maddie Meyers, who ran 11:05.38, the second fastest time in school history, and certainly one of the fastest times in the country so far this season.

BYU’s Jason Witt missed his school record by 11/100ths of a second, but earned a meet record in winning the 5000 in 13:42.08.

A Bowerman TC squad comprised of Olympians Evan Jager (1200) and Lopez Lomong (400), teamed up with Andy Bayer (800) and world championships team member Ryan Hill (1600) to win the distance medley relay in 9:42.66, as the UW squad of Blake Nelson, Kaid Tipton, Izaic Yorks and Jonathan Stevens finished well behind in 9:52.89.

Lindsay Lettow of the Santa Barbara TC ran a strong 800 to overtake leader Abrianna Torres of Colorado to win the pentathlon with 4064 points to Torres’ 4002.

The meet resumes Saturday beginning at 9:45 am.  For those who can't go to the Dempsey, Flotrack is offering live streaming coverage of the UW Invitational (subscription required).

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