PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State multi events competitors faced some obstacles early at Mooberry Track but finished the first day of the Pac-12 Championships decathlon and heptathlon 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 in sixth with 3,639 points and senior Spencer Wordell is in eighth with 3,600 points. UCLA’s Alexis Walker leads the 12 women in the heptathlon with a first day total of 3,345 points while USC’s Viktor Fajoyomi leads the 12 men in the decathlon with a five-event score off 4,181 points.
Heptathlete Brooks-Johnson, from Doty, Wash., ran the 100m hurdles in a time of 14.75 seconds, high jumped 5-feet, 3 1/4 inches (1.61m), threw the shot put a distance of 34-11 (10.64m), and ran the 200m in a time of 25.42.
Dodig, from Novi Sad, Serbia, opened the decathlon with a 100m dash time of 11.41, had a season-best long jump leap of 22-2 1/4 (6.76m), threw the shot put a PR distance of 40-4 (12.29m), high jumped 6-1 1/2 (1.87m), and ran the 400m in 50.32.
Decathlete Wordell ran the 100m dash in a time of 11.23, long jumped a wind-aided 21-6 (6.55m), threw the shot put a PR distance of 38-9 (11.81m), cleared the bar in the high jump at a height of 6-2 3/4 (1.90m), and ran a 400m time of 50.93.
“We started the day with a bad headwind in the men’s 100 meters and that slowed our times,” Sloan said. “Dino seemed to be off of his game all the way through the entire competition. Halfway through the 100m, 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.”
The Pac-12 Conference Combined Events Championships continues Sunday, May 11 at Mooberry Track in Pullman, with the first event set to start at 11 a.m. There is no charge to spectators for this weekend’s Pac-12 Multi Events Championships.