March 31, 2011
TUCSON -- Washington State's Sean Harris and Angela Jensen completed the first day of the decathlon and heptathlon, respectively, at the Jim Click Shootout Track and Field meet at the University of Arizona's Drachman Stadium Thursday. Temperatures were in the low 90-degrees during the competition in Tucson.
Harris, a junior from Kent, Wash., scored a total of 3,375 points in the first day of the decathlon which was 12th-best of the 18 remaining competitors. Harris tallied lifetime-best marks in four of the five events Thursday. He ran the 100m dash in a PR time of 11.51 seconds, long jumped a PR distance of 20-feet, 1/2 inch (6.11m), threw the shot put a PR of 43-8 1/2 (13.32m) which was second-best on the day, cleared 5-11 1/2 (1.82m) in the high jump, and ran the 400m in a PR time of 52.95, taking nearly three seconds off his previous best time.
"We need to make corrections, keep Sean's calves from cramping up, and we can get after it and put up some good marks tomorrow," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said.
Jensen, a senior from Tacoma, has a first day total of 3,043 points after four events in the heptathlon, seventh-best among the 13 competitors. Jensen opened with a 100m hurdles time of 14.20 seconds, high jumped 5-1 3/4 (1.57m), threw the shot put a PR distance of 33-8 3/4 (10.28m), and ran the 200m dash in 25.47.
"I told Angela that tomorrow we are coming out and going all-out in every event," Sloan said. "Both Sean and Angela will be more aggressive on first attempts and that should show in their marks tomorrow."
Action resumes Friday morning at 11 a.m. with all competition expected to be completed around 5 p.m.