March 27, 2002
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Washington State's Ellannee Richardson is the heptathlon leader and Cicely Clinkenbeard is sixth while Steve Dwyer is fourth in the decathlon after the first day's events at the UC Multi Events at Berkeley's Edwards Stadium.
Richardson, a redshirt junior from Gladstone, Ore., took advantage of the near perfect weather conditions and reached a personal-best first day total of 3,335 points for first. Richardson is the defending Pac-10 heptathlon champion and a two-time All-American in this event. Clinkenbeard, a senior from Okanogan, finished the first day in sixth with 2,972 points, also a personal-best tally. Robin Unger, Beach Track Club, Shawna Adkins, California, Tara Maves, Nevada, and Lillian Bush, Stanford, were in second through fifth places after the first four events of the heptathlon.
Richardson, won the 100m high hurdles in a time of 13.90 seconds, cleared 5-feet, 4 1/4 inches (1.63m) in the high jump, threw the shot 36-9 (11.20m), and won the 200m dash in 24.18 seconds.
Clinkenbeard began and ended her day with personal-best as she ran the 100m high hurdles 14.94, cleared a height of 5-1 3/4 (1.57m) in the high jump, threw the shot put 34-8 (10.57m), and ran the 200m dash in 25.36 seconds.
Dwyer, a senior from Redmond, Wash., scored a lifetime-best first day 3,772 points. Brian Anderson, from Montana, leads the decathlon with 3,908 points. Boise State's Jason Williams is second with 3859 points, and Phil McMullan is third with 3,805 points.
Dwyer ran the 100m dash in 11.08 seconds, long jumped 22-3 1/2 (6.79m), threw the shot put 38-8 1/4 (11.79m), high jumped 6-2 1/4 (1.89m), and ran the 400m dash in 48.91 seconds. His times on the track and his long jump were all personal-best marks.
"All three Cougars struggled in the high jump today," Cougar Coach Rick Sloan said. "They just weren't sharp. Ellannee and Cicely looked like they could jump real high today but they just couldn't get in the right place over the bar. And Steve probably dropped about 125 points from what we expected he would jump and that will hurt him. Hopefully we get it lit up with the early events tomorrow."
Cougar volunteer assistant coach Dan O'Brien fouled all his attempts in the long jump but got out over 23 feet, threw the shot put 48-4 3/4 (14.75m), and high jumped 6-4 3/4 (1.95m) but stopped competing because his toe began to hurt. Sloan said O'Brien will only run the hurdles and throw discus and javelin Thursday.
The UC Multi Events competition concludes Thursday at Berkeley. The women will long jump, throw the javelin and run 800m. Second-day events for the men are the 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and the 1500m run.