May 10, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Washington State senior Rickey Moody finished second in the men's decathlon on a very hot Saturday night at the Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships presented by 76 Gasolines at Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium. The temperature at the start of the meet was 100 degrees and 92 degrees at the conclusion of the meet at 9:40 p.m.
Moody, from Puyallup, Wash., scored 7,395 points in the decathlon, behind Oregon's Ashton Eaton who won with a total of 7,604 points. Moody already has an NCAA Automatic Qualifying total of 7,787 points, fifth-best nationally this season.
Moody opened the second day of the decathlon with the second-best time in the 110m hurdles, a converted hand-time of 14.44 seconds. By throwing the top distance in the discus of 134-feet, 1 inch (40.88m), Moody overtook Eaton for the lead by 48 points. Moody struggled in the pole vault, and cleared 12-7 1/2 (3.85m) while Eaton had the top clearance of the day at 15-11 (4.85m) and went ahead by 241 points which proved to be insurmountable for the Cougar competitor to overcome. Moody tossed the best javelin throw of the competition, a toss of 185-0 (56.38m). In spite of running a PR time in the 1500m of 5:09.80, Moody could not catch Eaton who ran a time of 4:44.48.
"Rickey did a good job today but had problems with a few events today. He ran a pretty good 1500m but it was hot here," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "I think Kyle Schauble could have gotten a fourth place finish for us here had he not injured his foot so that is disappointing for him and for us."
Arizona State's All-American, Jacquelyn Johnson, won the heptathlon with 6,307 points, the highest score by a collegiate athlete in 13 years. Her total also is a Pac-10, Pac-10 meet and Sun Angel Stadium record. WSU freshman Angela Jensen (Tacoma, Wash.) finished in 14th place with a total of 4,472 points and freshman Jalisa Williams (Pasadena, Calif.) finished 18th with a six-event total of 3,934 points.
In the javelin, Williams threw a distance of 114-0 (43.74m) and Jensen tossed the speak 101-0 (30.80m). Williams long jumped 16-9 3/4 (5.12m) and Jensen leaped 15-7 1/2 (4.76m). Williams ran a PR time in the 800m at 2:30.48 while Jensen ran a time of 2:37.42
"The Cougar women gained valuable experience at a Pac-10 meet," Sloan said.
Next weekend the Pac-10 Championships will continue at Arizona State. Moody will long jump and run the 110m hurdles. Jensen and Williams will both run the 100m hurdles and Jensen will also long jump.