PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State freshman Alissa Brooks-Johnson was the runner-up in the heptathlon at the Pac-12 Multi Events Championships Sunday at Mooberry Track on the Washington State University Pullman campus.
Brooks-Johnson, from Doty, Wash., scored 5,325 points, seventh-best in WSU’s all-time records. Another freshman, USC’s Amalie Iuel, won the heptathlon with 5,378 points while Arizona senior, Amber Passalaqua finished third with 5,313 points.
After scoring a lifetime-best first day total of 3,042 points, which was fifth place among the 12 women, Brooks-Johnson opened the second day of the heptathlon with a long jump distance of 17-feet 11 inches (5.46m). She threw the javelin a lifetime-best distance of 137-3 (41.84m), moving into third place in the heptathlon standings going into the final event. Brooks-Johnson ran the 800m in a PR time of 2 minutes, 15.05 seconds, the second-fastest on the day.
“I was expecting more PRs but I think I did solid work,” Brooks-Johnson said. “I was really happy with my 800 and my 200 was pretty solid and my javelin helped me a lot. This year was a learning experience but my goal was to get 5300 points, which I did. Being on the podium was a goal of mine but it wasn’t a set goal for this year at least. I don’t feel like I’m really great in a single event and I feel that everything needs more work and through the years that will happen.”
“That was a tremendous competitive effort for Alissa today and yesterday as well,” Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. “Lifetime-best first day total for her with solid marks, no PRs, and then came out today with a solid long jump and had a huge PR in the javelin and a gigantic PR in the 800 to move all the way up to second place. Going into the 800 meters I told her to race the USC girl (winner Iuel) because I knew she was a good runner and that was going to be her competition. Fortunately for us she ran a a great race and Alissa got right behind her and kept going and that was over a four-second PR for her in the 800m.”
In the men’s decathlon, Spencer Wordell (Spokane, Wash.) started the day in eighth place but fought a hip flexor injury from the first day that hampered his running and finished ninth with 6,722 points. He ran the 110m hurdles in a time of 16.99 seconds and threw the discus 119-5 (36.39m). He fell into a standard in the pole vault but managed to clear 13-1 1/2 (4.00m) and then threw the javelin 181-8 (55.38m). Wordell ran the 1500m in a time of 4:49.95.
Dino Dodig, freshman from Novi Sad, Serbia, withdrew from the competition after reinjuring his back in the first day. Dodig was in sixth place after the first day.
Oregon junior Dakota Keys claimed his third Pac-12 decathlon title with 7,801 points, with USC’s Viktor Fajoyomi second with 7,489 points and Mitch Modin, Oregon, third with 7,310 points.
The Pac-12 Conference Championships continues at Mooberry Track Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18. Tickets can be purchased online at wsucougars.com.