May 14, 2000
EUGENE, Ore. -- With the combination of beginner's luck, outstanding athletic talent and a coach who knows the ropes of multi-events competitions, Washington State's Cicely Clinkenbeard claimed third and Agneta Rosenblad took sixth at the Pacific-10 Conference Multi-Events Championships, concluded Sunday afternoon at Hayward Field on the Oregon campus. It was the first heptathlon for both women.
Clinkenbeard, a junior from Okanogan, Wash., rallied from her first-day sixth place total of 2,847 points to claim third with 5,044 points. Rosenblad, a junior from Lidingo, Sweden, dropped to sixth place with her two-day, seven-event total of 4,795 points, after climbing to fourth during the first day. California's Missy Vanek won the heptathlon competition of ten women with 5,505 points.
After the women's multi-events championships, Stanford is first with 12 points, California second with 10 points, and WSU third with 9 points. Oregon has five points while Arizona State has three. USC's two athletes did not earn any team points with their ninth and tenth place finishes.
Rosenblad won the first event of the second day, the long jump, with a leap of 20-feet, 6 1/4 inches. Clinkenbeard was second with a mark of 19-feet, 4 1/4 inches.
In the javelin throw, a new event for both Cougar women, Clinkenbeard's throw of 133-9 was third farthest of the day while Rosenblad tossed the spear 79-9 for seventh.
The final event, the 800m run, Clinkenbeard clocked a time of 2:29.74 which was sixth fastest, while Rosenblad completed the field in ninth at 2:40.80.
In Cougar women's all-time heptathlon history, Clinkenbeard's total of 5,044 points is seventh best while Rosenblad's 4,795 points is tenth highest.
"Both women competed very strongly all the way through the second day with good strong marks" Cougar head coach Rick Sloan said. "They did a great job for us, and to get the nine points out of the event is fantastic. A good head start for us going into the meet. I'm real pleased with the results. For the short period of time they had to work on it, they did an outstanding job of competing in all the events they weren't used to, and doing well in the ones they were expected to do well in.
"Who knows, maybe we'll see them back next year."
The Pac-10 Championships will resume next weekend, May 20-21, at the same location.
Pacific-10 Multi-Events Championships
Saturday 05/13/00 to Sunday 05/21/00
Heptathlon Women Results
Final Scores, Sunday Events (Event points)
1. 5,505 points, Missy Vanek, California.
LJ 5.35m / 17-6 3/4 (657), JAV 41.78m /137-1 (701), 800m 2:14.58 (899).
2. 5,113 points, Joy Goff, Stanford.
LJ 5.53m / 18-1 3/4 (709), JAV 42.76m / 140-3 (720), 800m 2:21.36 (805).
3. 5,044 points, Cicley Clinkenbeard, Washington State.
LJ 5.90m / 19-4 1/4 (819), JAV 40.76m / 133-9 (682), 800m 2:29.74 (696).
4. 5,032 points, Jenny Kenyon, Oregon.
LJ 5.60m/ 18-4 1/4 (729), JAV 28.84m / 94-7 (455), 800m 2:19.44 (831).
5. 4,972 points, Julie Tinker, Stanford.
LJ 5.56m / 18-3 (717), JAV 24.02m / 78-10 (364), 800m 2:21.29 (806).
6. 4,795 points, Agneta Rosenblad, Washington State.
LJ 6.25m / 20-6 1/4 (927), JAV 24.30m / 79-9 (369), 800m 2:40.80 (564).
7. 4,545 points, Jodi Smith, Arizona State.
LJ 5.01m / 16-5 1/4 (562), JAV 31.04m / 101-10 (496), 800m 2:31.51 (674).
8. 4,427 points, Elizabeth Arollo, Arizona State.
LJ 5.09m / 16-8 1/2 (584), JAV 35.20m / 115-6 (575), 800m 2:33.30 (652).
9. 3,755 points, Spring Harris, USC.
LJ 4.96m / 16-3 1/4 (548), JAV 23.96m / 78-7 (363), 800m 2:29.17 (703).
10. 3,408 points, Lydia Rolle, USC.
LJ 4.77m / 15-7 3/4 (498), JAV 17.26m / 56-7 (238), 800m DNF.