May 7, 2011
TUCSON -- Washington State's Angela Jensen finished fifth and Shaquana Logan finished seventh in the heptathlon at the Pacific-10 Conference Track and Field Combined Events Championships at the University of Arizona's Drachman Stadium Saturday night.
Jensen, a senior from Tacoma, tallied 4,967 points for her fifth-place finish, while Logan, a sophomore from Tacoma making her debut in the heptathlon, took seventh place with a score of 4,859 points. Samantha Henderson, a senior at Arizona State, won the heptathlon title with 5,470 points. A dozen women began the two-day, seven-event competition with 10 finishing.
Jensen leaped 17-6 1/4 (5.34m) in the long jump and moved up to sixth place. She threw the javelin 113-1 (34.58m) and moved to within 10 points of fifth place. Jensen ran the 800m in a season-best time of 2:28.13.
Logan long jumped 18-3 1/4 (5.57m) and then in her initial javelin competition threw a distance of 63-3 (19.29m) which moved her down to seventh place. Logan ran the 800m in 2:26.17, the second-fastest time of the day.
"Both Angela and Shaquana competed well and were solid throughout the competition," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "Shaquana did about what we expected, competing in events she had never performed before. This was a good performance and the women have six points for the team."
Jeremy Taiwo, a junior at Washington, won the decathlon with 7,742 points. WSU's Sean Harris, a redshirt sophomore from Kent, Wash., battled a tight hamstring throughout the competition and did not finish the 1500m and therefore did not score.
Harris opened Saturday with a 110m hurdles time of 15.29 seconds, fifth-best of the day, which popped him up from his first-day ninth place finish into seventh place. He had the top discus throw of 131-feet (39.93m) and then pole vaulted a lifetime-best height of 14-2 (4.32m) to remain in seventh and only five points behind sixth place. Harris threw the javelin 161-1 (49.11m) and moved into sixth place going into the final event. He started the 1500m race and nearly completed one lap before his leg spasms forced him to stop running.
"I really feel bad for Sean. He struggled through four events today and achieved some good marks," Sloan said. "His kept having spasms in his leg and only got about 300 meters into the 1500m race before he collapsed and could not go on."
With six points from the heptathlon, the Cougar women's team is tied for second place going into the Pac-10 Track & Field Championships individual and relay events next weekend in Tucson. The Arizona State women's team leads with 23 followed by WSU's 6, Arizona with 6 and UCLA with 4.