March 24, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Washington State's Katie Miller finished fifth in the heptathlon and Cougar teammate Ryan Thomas ended in 10th place in the decathlon at the California Multi-Events Meet Thursday at Berkeley.
Miller, a junior from Vancouver, Wash., began and ended her seven events with lifetime-best performances as she accumulated 4,865 points. Miller, who opened the two-day competition Wednesday with a PR time of 14.56 seconds in the 100m hurdles, Thursday long jumped 17-feet, 6 3/4 inches (5.35m), threw the javelin 118-0 (35.98m), and ran the 800m in a PR time of 2-minutes, 26.83 seconds. Miller was in ninth place after the first day.
Nebraska's Ashley Selig, winner of the 2005 NCAA Indoor pentathlon and the leader after the first day's four events, won the 15-woman Group A heptathlon competition with an NCAA Provisional Qualifying total of 5,474 points.
Thomas, a junior from Olympia, Wash., who began the day in fifth place after the first five events of his debut in the decathlon, ran a PR time of 15.71 seconds in the 110m hurdles. He threw the discus 91-feet, 9 inches (27.97m) but he did not clear a bar in the pole vault although he had cleared 13-11 1/4i (4.25m) during the indoor season. Thomas rebounded with a PR javelin throw of 160-4 (48.87m) and finished the two-day competition with a 1500m time of 5:36.47 for 5,660 points and 10th place.
Phil McMullen, from decaimages.com, won the 14-man decathlon competition with 7,922 points. The top collegian finisher was Chris Randolph of Seattle Pacific University who tallied 6,996 points for second place.
The Cougar track and field teams will compete at the Stanford Invitational Meet, March 25-26.