April 18, 2002
AZUSA PACIFIC, Calif. -- Washington State's Steve Dwyer is in ninth place in the decathlon after the first day's events at the Mt. San Antonio College Decathlon being held at Azusa Pacific College.
Dwyer, a senior from Redmond, Wash., scored a first day total of 3,708 points, below his lifetime-best first day total of 3,772 points scored earlier in the season at Berkeley. Dwyer's ninth place standing is among the 14 mostly club level competitors. The only collegian ahead of him is Michigan State senior, Paul Terek, with 4,026 points.
Dwyer ran the 100m dash in 11.29 seconds, long jumped 21-7 1/2w (6.59m with a +3.9 mps wind), threw the shot put 37-9 1/4 (11.51m), high jumped 6-6 (1.98m), and ran the 400m dash in 49.65 seconds.
"All of his marks across the boards are good, solid marks but not what we had hoped for," Cougar coach Rick Sloan said. "We're hoping to get things lit up tomorrow, starting with the hurdles and put up some more numbers."
The Mt. SAC competition concludes Friday at Azusa Pacific with the 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and the 1500m run. Dwyer is trying to better his NCAA Provisional Qualifying total of 7,229 points (Berkeley, 3/29/02) and reach the NCAA Automatic Qualifying standard of 7,500 points.