Vanek Finishes Second in Pac-10 Heptathlon

May 12, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. - California senior Missy Vanek finished second in the heptathlon with a season-best 5498 points Sunday at the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships at Mooberry Track and Field Complex.

Vanek was second after the first day of competition but couldn't make up ground on Washington State's Ellannee Richardson, who defended her Pac-10 heptathlon title with a school record 5821 points. The Cougars' Cicely Clinkenbeard jumped from fifth to third with 5456 points, and Cal senior Shawna Adkins duplicated her fourth-place finish in the conference of a year ago but posted a career-best 5259 points. With that performance, Adkins provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships.

Vanek, the 2000 Pac-10 heptathlon champion, was steady but wasn't able to challenge her personal-best 5614 points at the 2000 NCAA Championships. She did finish the competition with a season-best 2:15.49 in the 800m, good for 886 points. Adkins posted season bests in the long jump (18-4.5, 729 points) and 800m (2:20.01, 823). Vanek and Adkins combined for 13 points toward the Pac-10 team competition.

Oregon's Billy Pappas battled from second after the first day's events to win the conference decathlon title with 7532 points. USC's Russell Silvers, the first day's leader, took second with 7254 points. Cal junior Jason Gatewood posted three points towards next weekend's team total by placing sixth with 6809 points. Gatewood began the day with his second-best event of the competition - 818 points from a time of 15.26 in the 110mH.

Cal competes as a team at the Pac-10 Championships Sat.-Sun., May 18-19, in Pullman, Wash.

Heptathlon:
1. Ellannee Richardson (Washington State) 5821, 2. Missy Vanek (California) 5498, 3. 5. Cicely Clinkenbeard (Washington State) 5456, 4. Shawna Adkins (California) 5259, 5. Jenny Kenyon (Oregon) 5169, 6. Lillian Bush (Stanford) 5117, 7. Spring Harris (USC) 4790, 8. Ahimsa Hodari (Stanford) 4625, 9. Amanda Underwood (Arizona) 4230, 10. Chanel Young (USC) 3797.

Decathlon:
1. Billy Pappas (Oregon) 7532, 2. Russell Silvers (USC) 7254, 3. Steve Dwyer (Washington State) 7197, 4. Shelton Davis (USC) 7122, 5. Jason Slye (Oregon) 6996, 6. Jason Gatewood (California) 6809, 7. Octavius Gillespie (UCLA) 6765, 8. Anthony Agbasi (USC) 6723, 9. Jake Horner (Oregon) 6587, 10. Andrew Phillips (UCLA) 6464, 11. Ryan Tell Hendren (USC) 6006.

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