Thursday, April 19, 2018

Central's Kodiak Landis moves to #3 on NCAA D2 descending order list in decathlon at Bryan Clay Invite...

AZUSA, California—Central Washington’s Kodiak Landis (above/photo courtesy Central Washington sports information) scored a personal best Thursday in the decathlon at the BRYAN CLAY INVITATIONAL, and put himself third on the 2018 NCAA Division II performance list, pending the results of other meets around the country this weekend.

Landis scored 7187 points to finish second overall in section 2 of the Clay decathlon competition behind Minnesota’s Teddy Frid, who won the section with a final score of 7269 points.

The senior, who finished day 1 with 3937 points, ran 15.57 in the 110 hurdles, then threw 122-9 (37.41m) in the discus, before vaulting 15-1 (4.60m).

In the javelin, he threw 120-2 (36.63m), then ran the 1500 in 4:41.30.

Based on the scores from the four sections, Landis was tenth overall, as 2016 US Olympian Zach Ziemek scored 8181 points to take the overall victory.  Landis’ mark was the top score by an NCAA Division II athlete in the meet named after the 2008 Olympic decathlon champion.

Western Washington freshman Seren Dances was sixth overall in section 1 with a two-day total of 6151 points.

Landis’ teammate Braydon Miller, along with Washington State’s Martin Moldau failed to finish in their sections.

In the heptathlon, reigning Pac-12 champion Alissa Brooks-Johnson finished fifth overall with a seven-event total of 5740 points, just 63 points off of her personal best, as Wisconsin’s Georgia Ellenwood won with a score of 5983 points.

Brooks-Johnson started the day with an 18-7.75 (5.68m) leap in the long jump, followed by a 128-7 (39.21m) toss in the javelin, then finished with a personal best 2:12.05 clocking in the 800.

Her score puts her solidly in the Pac-12 conference lead.

In Group 2, Seattle Pacific’s Scout Cai was fifth with 4921 points, while Washington State’s Lindsey Schauble was seventh at 4908 points.

Group 1 saw Seattle Pacific’s Renick Meyer win it with 4852 points, while Central Washington’s Ali Anderson was fifth at 4523.  Seattle Pacific’s Kellie May was seventh at 4482, and Central Washington’s HarLee Ortega was 14th at 2860, despite fouling out of the long jump, and not running the 800.

The Bryan Clay Invitational Distance Carnival was also contested Thursday.  Highlights included:

—In the top section of the men’s 5000, Washington’s Colby Gilbert was seventh in 13:41.88 in a race won by 2016 Olympic steeplechase silver medalist Evan Jager of the Nike Bowerman TC out of Portland in 13:24.77.  In the same heat, Seattle Prep grad Joe Hardy of Wisconsin was ninth in 13:46.85, and Spokane’s Tanner Anderson from the University of Oregon was 11th in 13:48.64.  Spokane’s Nick Hauger of the University of Portland was 19th in 14:06.49.In the

—In the top women’s section of the 5000, Washington State’s Vallery Korir set a personal best of 15:59.73 in seventh, as Texas alum and 2016 US Olympian Marielle Hall won in 15:39.42.  Husky sophomore Kaitlyn Neal was 18th in 16:24.50.

—In the men’s 3000 steeple, three runners from Gonzaga all went under 9 minutes, led by Kellen Manley in 8:54.17, followed by Troy Fraley in 8:57.27, and Alex Heffelfinger in 8:59.17.  Washington State’s Colton Johnsen, the transfer from Eastern Washington, ran 8:57.98, while teammate Kyler Little just missed at 9:00.21;

—The women’s steeplechase saw former Washington Husky Charlotte Prouse, who now competes at the University of New Mexico, win it in 10:03.97.  Washington State’s Devon Bortfeld ran 10:35.91, while freshman Nicole Soleim of Central Washington ran 10:48.96 to win her section.

The Bryan Clay Invitational continues Friday.  Results are available here.

In Long Beach, both Washington State and Eastern Washington had large groups competing Thursday at the PACIFIC COAST INTERCOLLEGIATE meet on the campus of Long Beach State University.

The Cougars claimed nine victories, led by Cole Smith in the men’s javelin at a personal best 222-4 (67.78m).

Other WSU men with wins included: Zach Smith (200m - 21.41), Jake Ulrich (400m - 49.07), Justin Janke (800m - season-best 1:51.65), Nick Johnson (110m hurdles - PR 13.98w), 4x100m relay of Smith, Bains, Littles and Gardner (41.34).

On the women's ledger, WSU wins came from: Kaili Keefe (800m - PR 2:11.46), Stephanie Cho (400m hurdles - 59.32), Madelyn Sirmon (javelin - season-best 44.42m/145-9).

In a race won by 2016 Olympic 100 hurdles champion Brianna Rollins-McNeal in 22.94, Eastern Washington freshman Alexis Rolan was fourth in 24.30.  In a separate section, Washington alum Gianna Woodruff won in 24.20.

The Eagles’ Jeremy VanAssche won the men’s 100 in a wind-aided 10.53, while Trey McAdams won the men’s 400 hurdles in 54.23. Erin Clark won her section of the pole vault at 13-3.5 (4.05m).

A small contingent of field event athletes from Washington competed at Long Beach, with Katie Wardsworth getting the best mark of the day in the women’s hammer, throwing 174-8 (53.23m) to put herself on the school’s all-time top 10 list.

Complete results of the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate are available here.

In Torrance, Eastern Washington’s Kari Hamilton ran 34:09.85 in the women’s 10000 invitational section at the MT. SAC RELAYS to finish 16th.  In the women’s open section, Yadira Lopez of Saint Martin’s ran 36:46.89.

Results of the first day of competition at the Mt. SAC Relays are available here.

Action continues Friday with day 3 of the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, day 2 of the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, and day 1 of the Beach Invitational in Long Beach.

NOTE:  Royal Results (Pacific Coast Intercollegiate), Finished Results (Bryan Clay), and Record Timing (Mt. SAC Relays) provided statistical information for this report.

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