Lorenzo and Andrus in Third and Fourth Halfway Through Pac-10 Dec./Hep.

May 10, 2003

LOS ANGELES - The University of Oregon men's and women's combined events crews opened action in the Pacific-10 Conference Championships in the heptathlon and decathlon Saturday at USC's Barbara A. Loker Stadium.

On the women's side, Duck redshirt junior Abby Andrus claimed a first-day best of 3,108 points thanks to marks of windy personal best of 13.99 in the 100 hurdles (w:+2.8), 5-3 3/4 in the high jump, personal best 33-6 3/4 in the shot put, and a personal best 25.70 in the 200 (w:+0.7). Her previous opening day best of 3,019 points was from the California Invitational in March.

'Abby had a really good first day,' Oregon assistant and heptathlon mentor Mark Stream said. 'She's 121 points ahead of her first day at the Oregon Invite so that's encouraging. One of our goals is to improve on her final score from that meet and to climb the NCAA list. The other goal is to finish as high as possible, and a couple of good athletes are in striking range.'

Overall in the women's heptathlon, collegiate season leader Ellannee Richardson of Washington State owns a 160-point lead (first, 3,430) over freshman teammate Diana Pickler (second, 3,270) and Stanford junior Lillian Bush (third, 3,226).

On the men's side after five events, redshirt senior Santiago Lorenzo paces the Duck men in third place with 3,856 points - less than a 100 points behind WSU freshman Darrion Powell (first, 3,945) and USC senior Shelton Davis (second, 3,890). Duck senior Jason Slye follows in fifth place (3,635w) and freshman Andy Young stands in ninth (3,416w).

Lorenzo's first-day marks were 11.09 in the 100 (w:+0.5), 22-11 3/4 in the long jump, 44-11 3/4 in the shot put, 5-10 3/4 in the high jump and 48.96 in the 400. Slye's marks included 10.94w in the 100 (w:+4.4), 21-0 3/4 in the long jump, a personal best 38-9 in the shot put, 5-10 3/4 in the high jump and 49.03 in the 400. Young's marks included a personal best 11.31w in the 100 (w:+4.4), 21-2 1/2 in the long jump, a personal best 35-3 3/4 in the shot put, 5-9 3/4 in the high jump, and a personal best 50.28 in the 400.

'So far I think we've done fairly well,' Oregon assistant and decathlon caoch Bill Lawson said. 'All three guys are basically where we thought they'd be, and they all have strong second days ahead. Santiago lost some points in the high jump - after he made 5-10 3/4, we skipped three bars, and then he missed his tries at his next bar for whatever reason. We're being careful with him since he has to come back next week, and he's not far behind the leaders - and probably only 100 points down from his first day in Texas. Andy's having a good decathlon, and Jason's right on pace, too.'

Looking ahead, the Ducks' combined event corps finish action in the Pac-10 Championship Decathlon and Heptathlon, Sun., May 11 at Barbara A. Loker Stadium on the USC campus, and event results are at the www.usctrojans.com website. The rest of the Duck M&W head to USC for the meet's remainder, next Sat.-Sun., May 17-18.


FINAL RESULTS

Pac-10 Championships Heptathlon-Decathlon
Barbara A. Loker Stadium - USC
Los Angeles, Calif.
Saturday, May 10, 2003

Women's Heptathlon First Day Standings -1, Ellanne Richardson, Washington State, 3,430. 2, Diana Pickler, Wsu, 3,270. 3, Lillian Bush, Stanford, 3,226. 4, Abby Andrus, Oregon, 3108. 5, Ahimea Hodar, Stanford, 2,953. 6, Elzonia Lamb, California, 2,751. 7, Amanda Under, Arizona, 2,704. 8, Louise Akess, WSU, 2,639. 9, Kendra Capry, Washington, 2,488.

Men's Decathlon First Day Standings - 1, Darrion Powell, Washington State, 3,945. 2, Shelton Davis, USC, 3,890. 3, Santiago Lorenzo, Oregon, 3,856. 4, Timi Wusu, Stanford, 3,767. 5, Jason Slye, Oregon, 3,635. 6, David Turpin, WSU, 3,630. 7, Jason Gatewood, California, 3,543. 8, Andrew Phillips, UCLA, 3,430. 9, Andy Young, Oregon, 3,416. 10, Jake Arnold, Arizona, 3,398. 11, Nic Verbon, Washington, 3,142.

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