March 29, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Washington State University's Rickey Moody scored an NCAA Provisional Qualifying total of 6,926 points for fourth place in the decathlon at the Cal Multi-Meet Thursday at Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field on the UC-Berkeley campus.
Moody, a junior from Puyallup, Wash., reached a personal-best point total of 6,926 points in the decathlon, behind Stanford's Josh Hustedt (7,286 points), California's Steven Conrad (7,214 points), and Mark Jellison, competing for the Golden Bear Athletic Club (6,971 points).
Cougars Kyle Schauble, a freshman from Kennewick, Wash., and junior Justin Chambers, from Albany, Ore., had solid showings in their decathlon debuts. Schauble accumulated 6,308 points for sixth place, just edging out teammate Chambers who racked in 6,307 points for seventh place. Moody began the second day in third place while Schauble was eighth and Chambers was 11th.
"Rickey really did a nice job," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "His elbow was hurt and we didn't even know if he was going to take a javelin throw but we taped it up and he took two attempts; the first one wasn't very far but the second was further and he decided to stop there. It was 40 or 50-feet less than what he was capable of throwing and he lost a lot of points. For the most part, out of both days, he was solid with his performance, competed well and made good adjustments."
"I was happy with all three Cougars, even though the other guys were down at 6300 points they are learning the decathlon and they did a good job of competing and managing the event over the two days," Sloan continued. "Even though their marks were a little bit off, I still think they did a nice job of competing in the decathlon and if they improve their marks, what they learned today will serve them well and they will be good decathletes."
Thursday, in the 110m hurdles, Moody ran a time of 15.20 seconds followed by Schauble's season-best time of 15.25 and Chambers at 17.06. Moody had the top discus throw of 143- feet, 8 inches (43.78m), while Chambers heaved a 117-9 (35.90m) and Schauble threw 91-2 (27.79m).
Chambers and Schauble both cleared a height of 12-5 1/2 (3.80m) in the pole vault and Moody went over the bar at 12-1 1/2 (3.70m). Javelin marks for the Cougars included Chambers at 164-7 (50.16m), Moody at 140-3 (42.76m) and Schauble at 131-9 (40.17m).
Chambers, formerly a middle distance runner for WSU, ran the top time in the 1500m of 4-minutes, 22.85 seconds, just a second off his all-time PR time of 4:21.91. Schauble's 1500m time was 4:43.20 and Moody finished in a time of 5:13.97.
"Kyle would have had his first 100-foot throw in the discus but it barely landed outside the sector and his final throw in the shot put looked to be about 34-feet but he had a slight foot-foul on the edge of the ring." Sloan observed. "Kyle was close to having some good marks and just missed it here and there. All three vaulted well; Justin needed a bigger pole."
Many of the Cougar track and field team members will compete at the Stanford Invitational Meet Friday and Saturday.