OREM, Utah—Seattle University’s Elena Smith (above/photo courtesy Seattle University) won the women’s 10000 title at the Western Athletic Conference championships in a time of 38:03.67, 18 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.
Teammate Taylor de Laveaga was eighth in 39:25.46.
In the men’s 10000, Tyler Flannery finished fourth in a time of 32:52.11.
Multi-event specialist Mandie Maddux finished fifth in the heptathlon, with a final score of 4472 points.
Maddux started Thursday with a personal-best mark in the long jump of 4.94 meters (16’ 2.5”), remaining in fifth place with two events remaining. She posted a mark of 31.41 meters (103’ 1”) in the javelin throw to stay in fifth place, where she finished after a personal-best time of 2:30.76 in the 800 meter run.
The meet continues Friday and Saturday.
In Cheney, Eastern Washington’s Jozie Kimes moved up one place from her day 1 position to finish tenth in the Big Sky Conference heptathlon that concluded Thursday at Roos Field on the Eastern Washington campus.
Kimes accumulated a total of 4,448 points over two days in the heptathlon – with 1,829 of those points scored Thursday in the long jump, javelin, and 800. Her highest point total from today's competition of 737 came in the 800 where she ran a time of 2:26.5. She leaped 17-0 /5.18m (609) in the long jump and threw 99-6/30.33m (483) in the javelin.
Montana State's Carley McCutchen and Danielle Muri finished first and second, respectively, in the heptathlon with point totals of 5,273 and 5,052. Kassandra Corrigan from Sacramento State finished third (4,995).
The link to the live results from the Big Sky Championships are available here.
paulmerca.blogspot.com will be on site in Cheney Friday and Saturday.
NOTE: Eastern Washington and Seattle University’s sports information offices contributed to this report