May 9, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Washington State senior Rickey Moody is in second place after the first day of the men's decathlon Friday night at the Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships presented by 76 Gasolines at Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium. The temperature at the 4 p.m. start of the competition was 91 degrees but dropped as the sun set, making for good conditions.
Moody, from Puyallup, Wash., scored 4,030 points in the decathlon, just 39 points behind Oregon's Ashton Eaton who leads the 11 competitors with 4,069 points.
Moody opened the competition with a 100m dash time of 10.87 seconds, second-fastest among the field. He won the long jump with a mark of 23-feet, 11 inches (7.29m). Moody had the best shot put distance of the field after tossing a distance of 46-10 3/4 (14.29m). He reached cleared 6-6 (1.98m) in the high jump and then ended the night with a 400m dash time of 51.98 seconds.
"Rickey had a real solid and consistent performance today. He competed well," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "He's ready to go tomorrow. He and Ashton will probably punch and counterpunch through the last five events."
Moody already has an NCAA Automatic Qualifying total of 7,787 points, fifth-best nationally this season.
In the heptathlon, Arizona State's All-American, Jacquelyn Johnson, leads with 3,700 points. WSU freshman Angela Jensen (Tacoma, Wash.) ended the first day in 13th place with personal-best of 2,880 points while freshman Jalisa Williams (Pasadena, Calif.) is last with three-event total of 2,088 points.
The Cougar women opened the day in the 100m hurdles with Jensen running a time of 14.30 seconds and Williams clocking in with a time of 16.47 after hitting a hurdle and fighting to regain her balance. In the high jump, Jensen cleared bar at 5-0 1/2 (1.54m). Williams did not clear the opening height of 4-3 1/4 (1.30m) but continued in the competition.
Williams had the second-best shot put mark of the day with a PR throw of 39-0 1/2 (11.90m). Jensen tossed a distance of 28-1 (8.56m). With converted hand times for all competitors in the 200m dash, Jensen ran a time of 25.49 and Williams ran a time of 26.24.
"Angela and Jalisa are not going to be involved in the scoring at this meet but it is important they get the experience of competing. They need to relax and go after it Saturday," Sloan said.