Vanek Second at the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships

May 11, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. - Cal senior Missy Vanek is in second place in the heptathlon with 3215 points Saturday after day one of the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships at Mooberry Track Complex.

Vanek, the 2000 Pac-10 heptathlon champion, is within striking distance of the leader - Washington State's Ellannee Richardon, the 2001 defending champion. Richardson has 3,373 points after posting a high of 981 points in the 100mH (13.98).

Vanek opened the day with a season-best 14.56 in the 100mH, good for 901 points, and followed that up with a season-best clearance of 5-7.25 in the high jump (867 points). After getting by one of her weaker events - the shot put - with 611 points, the Laclede, Idaho, product finished the day with another season-best in the 200m (25.56, 826 points).

Oregon's Jenny Kenyon is third with 3,146 points, and Cal senior Shawna Adkins, who placed fourth in the hepthathlon at last year's conference meet, is in fourth place with 3,111 points. Adkins', who hails from San Jose, Calif., best event of the day was the 100mH, where she clocked a season-best 14.93, good for 851 points.

USC's Russell Silvers leads the decathlon competition after the first day with 3,832 points, and Oregon's Billy Pappas is second at 3,795. Cal junior Jason Gatewood from Vista, Calif., stands in seventh with 3,573 points in his first decathlon this season.

The multi-events wrap up tomorrow, and \the main portion of the Pac-10 Championships runs May 18-19 on the campus of Washington State.

Heptathlon:
1. Ellannee Richardson (Washington State) 3,373, 2. Missy Vanek (California) 3,215, 3. Jenny Kenyon (Oregon) 3,146, 4. Shawna Adkins (California) 3,111, 5. Cicely Clinkenbeard (Washington State) 3,101, 6. Lillian Bush (Stanford) 2,992, 7. Spring Harris (USC) 2,984, 8. Ahimsa Hodari (Stanford) 2,704, 9. Amanda Underwood (Arizona) 2,688, 10. Chanel Young (USC) 2,378.

Decathlon:
1. Russell Silvers (USC) 3,832, 2. Billy Pappas (Oregon) 3,795, 3. Shelton Davis (USC) 3,743, 4. Jake Horner (Oregon) 3,671, 5. Steve Dwyer (Washington State) 3,656, 6. Anthony Agbasi (USC) 3,634, 7. Jason Gatewood (California) 3,573, 8. Octavius Gillespie (UCLA) 3,571, 9. Jason Slye (Oregon) 3,542, 10. Andrew Phillips (UCLA) 3,288, 11. Ryan Tell Hendren (USC) 3,126.

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