WSU multievent athletes stay in range
Washington State competitors faced some obstacles early on Saturday at Mooberry Track in Pullman, but finished the first day of the Pac-12 Multievent Championships in scoring positions.
Freshman Alissa Brooks-Johnson is in fifth place after the first four events in the heptathlon with a lifetime-best score of 3,042 points.
In the decathlon, freshman Dino Dodig is sixth with 3,639 and senior Spencer Wordell is eighth with 3,600.
UCLA’s Alexis Walker leads the 12 women in the heptathlon with a first-day total of 3,345 points.
USC’s Viktor Fajoyomi leads the 12 men in the decathlon with a five-event score of 4,181.
Brooks-Johnson, from Doty, Washington, ran the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.75 seconds, high-jumped 5 feet, 3 1/4 inches, threw the shot put a distance of 34-11, and ran the 200 in a time of 25.42.
Dodig, from Novi Sad, Serbia, opened the decathlon with a 100-meter time of 11.41, had a season-best long jump of 22-2 1/4, threw the shot put a PR distance of 40-4, high-jumped 6-1 1/2, and ran the 400 in 50.32.
Wordell ran the 100 in 11.23, long-jumped a wind-aided 21-6, threw the shot put a PR of 38-9, cleared the high jump at 6-2 3/4, and ran the 400 in 50.93.
“We started the day with a bad headwind in the men’s 100 meters and that slowed our times,” WSU coach Rick Sloan said. “Dino seemed to be off of his game all the way through the entire competition. Halfway through the 100, Spencer strained his left hip flexor muscle which really slowed his time and he kind of struggled through the entire day, but he performed better than we thought he could in the high jump and had a PR in the shot.
“Alissa did a great job and for her it was a solid day of competition; not her best but not disappointing either.”
• In a tune-up for the Western Athletic Conference Championships, the Idaho men and women combined to win 11 events at the Vandal Jamboree in Moscow, Idaho.
A pair of freshman led the way for the Idaho men. Arphaxad Carroll claimed the long jump with a leap of 24-7 3/4 and Phillip Kearns won the 800 in 2:01.43. For the Idaho women, Karlene Hurrel was first in the 100 (12.28) and Cait Rowland claimed the long jump title (17-4 3/4).
Whitworth junior Matt Landon won the men’s 100 in a down-to-the-wire finish, running a season-best time of 11.06.
Eastern Washington’s Courtney Bray took second in the pole vault with a personal best of 13-6 1/4. The mark is the third-best in school history.