AUSTIN, Texas -- Washington State freshman Alissa Brooks-Johnson is in 19th place in the women’s heptathlon after the first day’s competition under cloudy skies with cool and gusty wind conditions at the 87th Annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin.
Brooks-Johnson, from Doty, Wash., scored 2,952 points in the first four events. She ran the 100m hurdles in a wind-aided time of 14.90 seconds, high jumped 5-feet 3 inches (1.60m), threw the shot put a lifetime-best distance of 35-0 1/4 (10.67m), and ran the 200m in a wind-aided time of 26.11. Brittney Howell of Penn State leads the 24 women in the heptathlon with a first day total of 3,442 points.
“Alissa did solid work today. She wasn’t great but she wasn’t bad either,” Cougar Head Coach and mulits coach Rick Sloan said. “She recovered well in the hurdles after a poor start. In the high jump she just hit the bar after clearing it at 5-4 1/4. The highlight of the day was her PR throw in the shot put. And the wind changed around a couple of times in the 200m but that shouldn’t have affected her. We’ll get back at it tomorrow and I think she can come close to our goal of reaching 5,000 points.”
WSU freshman Dino Dodig (Novi Sad, Serbia) strained his back while warming up for the decathlon’s first five events Wednesday morning. Dodig ran the 100m dash in a wind-aided time of 11.23, fouled all three attempts in the long jump, and threw the shot put 38-6 3/4 (11.75m). He tried to high jump but the back pain resonated down into his takeoff leg and after several warm-up attempts he dropped out of the decathlon.
The Texas Relays, held at Mike A. Myers Stadium, continues Thursday with Cougars competing in the women’s 400m hurdles and the men’s javelin as well as Brooks-Johnson in the heptathlon. Competition goes through Saturday.