AZUSA, California--Washington’s Josh Gordon (above/photo courtesy UW Athletics) and Cole Jensen finished fifth and eighth in section A of the California Invitational decathlon with scores of 6874 and 6612 Thursday.
Gordon set personal bests in all five events contested on the second day to eclipse his previous PR by over 500 points.
Gordon started the day by running 15.13 in the 110 hurdles, then threw 108-5 (33.06m) in the discus. He followed up by matching his indoor best in the pole vault, clearing 13-9.25 (4.20m), then threw the javelin 139-8 (42.58m), before running the 1500 in 4:38.16.
Jensen’s day 2 was highlighted by a clearance of 15-9 (4.80m) in the pole vault.
Pierre-Louis Ricou of Grand Canyon was the overall winner with a final score of 7340 points.
In the heptathlon, Washington State’s Liz Harper, made her debut in the event a successful one, as she finished seventh overall with a final score of 5472 points, the seventh best score in school history.
Harper long jumped 19-feet, 1/2 inch (5.80m), threw the javelin 89-6 (27.28m) and ran the 800m in an outstanding time of 2 minutes, 16.23 seconds.
Annie Kunz of Texas A&M was the overall winner with a score of 5904 points.
Washington’s CJ Smith finished 20th with a two-day total of 4859 points. Washington State’s Lndsey Schauble was 30th with 4650 points. Eastern Washington’s Jozie Kimes was 41st with 4167 points, while Ericka Budinich of Washington was 42nd with 4141 points.
Angela Whyte, an assistant for the Cougars competing unattached in the Mt. SAC Relays Heptathlon, started the day in fifth place but after long jumping 19-7 (5.97m) and throwing the javelin 128-11 (39.30m), did not run the 800m. Akela Jones, a senior at Kansas State, won the Mt. SAC Relays heptathlon with a score of 6,307 points.
Complete results of both the California Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays multi-event competitions are available here.
Anna Patti of Seattle Pacific may be one step closer to qualifying for the NCAA Division II championships in the 5000, as she clocked 16:54.63 at the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa, Patti finished tenth overall.
The Bryan Clay Invite continues Friday. The link to live results is available here.
In Cerritos, the Mt. SAC Relays got underway late Thursday with several distance races.
Western Washington’s Matthew Lutz broke 9 minutes in the 3000 steeplechase and may have solidified his position to qualify for the NCAA D2 championships in Bradenton, Florida at the end of May, as he ran 8:59.97 to finish fourth overall in the collegiate/open section of the race.
In heat 1 of the collegiate/open steeple, WSU’s Kyler Little was second in 9:23.67, and Aaron Brenton of Eastern Washington was fourth in 9:27.55. In heat 2, Andrew Wise of Western Washington was sixth in 9:11.08, and Nathan Wadhwani of WSU was 10th in 9:20.68.
Central Washington All-American Dani Eggleston was fourth in her heat and seventh overall in the women’s collegiate/open steeple, running 10:27.63. In another heat, Washington State’s Devon Bortfeld was eighth in 10:42.71.
In the men’s collegiate/open section A of the 10000, Gonzaga’s Sumner Goodwin finished third in a time of 30:07.63, with teammates Dillon Quintana 16th in 30:35.54, and Max Kaderabek 21st in 30:43.61.
The women’s collegiate/open A section of the women’s 10000 saw Berenice Pelaloza of Eastern Washington finish 23rd in 35:38.54. Morgan Willson of WSU was 31st in 36:06.48, three spots ahead of Saint Martin’s Shannon Porter in 36:19.02.
The Mt. SAC Relays continues Friday and finishes Saturday. The link to live results is available here.
NOTE: The sports information offices of Azusa Pacific, Mt. SAC, Seattle Pacific, University of Washington, and Washington State contributed to this report.