March 25, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Washington State's Darion Powell and Brandon Brownell reached Pac-10 Conference qualifying standards for the decathlon Thursday at the California Multi-Events Meet at Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field at Berkeley in spite of terrible weather conditions.
Powell, a redshirt sophomore from Kirkland, Wash., finished second in the meet with 6,887 points while freshman Brandon Brownell (Olympia, Wash.) was third with 6,847 points. WSU's David Turpin (senior, Oakhurst, Calif.) finished fourth with 6,700 points. Cal's Scott Soberalski won the meet with an NCAA provisional qualifying total of 7,086 points.
Powell was the first day leader with 3,941 points, but terrible weather conditions during Thursday's pole vault and javelin throw robbed the competitors of strength. Powell, an All-American decathlete, ran the 110m hurdles in a wind-aided time of 14.61 seconds, threw the discus a personal-best distance of 45.88m/150-feet, 6 inches, cleared the pole vault bar at 4.14m/13-7, and threw the javelin 51.30m/168-4. With a painfully sore foot, Powell started but did not finish the 1500m race, the final event of the ten-event, two day competition.
Brownell, competing in his first collegiate decathlon, was in second place after the first day with 3,646 points. Thursday he ran the 110m hurdles in a time of 15.31w, threw the discus 42.72m/140-2, pole vaulted 3.74m/12-3 1/4, threw the javelin a lifetime best distance of 48.64m/159-7 and ran the 1500m in a time of 5:00.80.
Turpin ran the 110m hurdles in a time of 16.42w, threw the discus 38.92m/127-8, pole vaulted 4.14m/13-7, threw the javelin 41.98m/137-9 and ran the 1500m in a time of 4:45.90. Turpin was in fourth place with 3,600 points after the first day.
"We had some good performance today on a day that had less than optimal conditions for competition," Cougar Coach Rich Sloan said. "The pole vault was delayed one hour in an effort to keep from competing in the cold, driving rain and cross winds. Darion's foot only hurt more as the competition continued. But both Darion and Brandon reached conference qualifying marks, which was one of the goals of the trip."
A select number of Cougar men and women will compete Friday and Saturday at the Stanford Invitational on the Stanford campus.