April 2, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- Washington State's Rickey Moody is the top collegian and in second place overall in the men's decathlon after the first day of the 81st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays decathlon, Wednesday, at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas Austin campus.
Moody, a senior from Puyallup, Wash., reached a personal-best first-day total of 4,156 points in the decathlon, behind former Texas All-American and collegiate decathlon record-holder Trey Hardy's 4,212 points (now competing for Nike), and just ahead of Cal State Northridge's Justin Johnson' s third place total of 4,034 points.
Moody is on a record-pace with four lifetime-best marks in the first five events. He opened the day with a personal-best 100m dash time of 10.81 seconds, second-fastest among the 20 competitors. He won the long jump with an NCAA Regional Qualifying and outdoor PR mark of 24-feet, 9 inches (7.54m). Moody tossed the shot put a distance of 45-4 (13.84m) which was third-farthest in the event. He reached another lifetime-best in the high jump with a clearance at 6-7 1/2 (2.02m), the second highest bar on the day. Moody ended the day with a PR time in the 400m dash of 51.05 seconds which was 16th overall but bettered his previous best time by 51/100s of a second.
"We had perfect weather for us, cloudy and not overly hot with favorable winds for most of the events," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "Rickey came out ready to go today. In the high jump, he started at 1.81m (5-11 1/4), hit the bar and it wobbled but didn't fall off and then he cleared the next nine bars on first attempts. For the second day, I want him to get over some bars in the pole vault; a mid 13-foot to 14-foot vault. His hurdles have been going well and I think his discus is very strong and he'll do well in the javelin. If he can do this and run under five-minutes in the 1500m, I think he'll have an NCAA automatic qualifying score (7500 points)."
Former Cougar All-American Julie Pickler, now competing for Asics, leads the women's heptathon after the four events with a personal-best first day total of 3,578 points.
Selected members of Cougar track and field team members will compete at the Texas Relays beginning Friday, while another squad will compete at the Stanford Invitational Meet Friday and Saturday.