May 10, 2009
EUGENE, Ore. -- Two of the three Washington State combined events competitors had lifetime-best performances but all finished out of the scoring positions Sunday, the final day of the decathlon and heptathlon at the Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships at Oregon's Hayward Field.
Angela Jensen, a sophomore from Tacoma, had personal-best marks in the final three heptathlon events Sunday and finished 10th overall with a lifetime-best of 4,842 points. In the decathlon, Kyle Schauble, a junior from Kennewick, tallied 6,556 points for ninth place while freshman Sean Harris, from Kent, earned a PR of 6,231 points for 11th place. Oregon athletes Brianne Theisen and Ashton Eaton won the heptathlon and decathlon, respectively. Theisen scored 5,986 points and Eaton scored 8,091 points; both were NCAA Automatic Qualifying totals.
"The heptathlon was very competitive with some really big scores," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "Angela had a great meet if you take away the high jump and the shot put yesterday. When you look at all the other events, she really did a great job. She missed ninth place by only 2 points."
Jensen started the second day of the heptathlon with a PR leap in the long jump of 17-10 3/4 (5.45m) and threw the javelin a PR distance of 111-3 (33.91m). In spite of Jensen running a PR 800m time of 2:28.63, she dropped to 10th place, a four-place improvement from her 2008 conference heptathlon standing.
"Our marks in the decathlon were okay but they just weren't good enough. We didn't quite get the marks that we needed to pull up the scores," Sloan said. "The other people in the competition stepped up their game a bit and there were four guys over 7000 in the decathlon. I thought if we could get up into the 6800 range that Kyle could finish in the four-five-six range but it turned out that that would be in the five-six-seven range."
Schauble ran the 110m hurdles in a time of 15.06w, threw the discus 106-3 (32.38m), and cleared 13-3 1/2 (4.05m) in the pole vault. He threw the javelin 149-11 (45.69m) and ran the 1500m in a time of 4:40.89.
Harris struggled a little in the competition Sunday, suffering from tonsillitis. He ran the 110m high hurdles in a time of 15.64 and then had the top discus throw of the 14 competitors with his PR distance of 147-9 (45.03m), a six-foot improvement that moved him into sixth place with three events remaining. Harris cleared 12-7 1/2 (3.85m) in the pole vault, well-below his PR of 13-5 1/4, and he fell to 10th in the standings. He threw the javelin a PR distance of 147-7 (44.98m) and ran the 800m in a time of 5:38.32.
"Sean's 6231 is not where we need to be yet, but it is encouraging. Kyle's 6556 is okay, but the whole second day of the competition, nothing really caught fire," Sloan said.
The Cougar men's and women's teams will compete next weekend in the Pac-10 Championships at Eugene.