Lorenzo Wins Second Pac-10 Decathlon Title; Andrus Takes Third with Hep Best

May 11, 2003

LOS ANGELES - University of Oregon senior Santiago Lorenzo and junior Abby Andrus wrapped up the Pacific-10 Conference Championships decathlon and heptathlon with first- and third-place finishes at USC's Barbara A. Loker Stadium.

Lorenzo won his second league decathlon title Sunday by 178 points (7,564) over Washington State freshman Darion Powell (second, 7,386) and USC senior Shelton Davis (third, 7,290). Duck senior Jason Slye (fourth, 7,078) and freshman Andy Young (fifth, 7,017) added personal best scores and their first +7,000-point tallies of their career.

'It was an outstanding day for the group,' Oregon assistant coach and decathlon mentor Bill Lawson said. 'Santiago cruised to victory to give us 10 points off the bat. It was a little closer than we wanted to be, partly because he made a few mistakes on the first day. But we wanted this meet to effect him as minimally as possible, so he didn't take all his jumps, and he was cautious in throws. It almost backfired in the discus, when he had fouls on his first two attempts. But he showed he was a true champion and came back to hit a 130-foot throw on his final attempt. He then made a few bars in the pole vault, and then helped Slye run a controlled 1,500 so he could finish fourth.'

Lorenzo posted second-day marks of 14.97 in the 110 hurdles (w:+0.3), 132-6 in the discus, 15-7 in the pole vault, 187-4 in the javelin and 4:44.02 in the 1,500. Slye added marks of 15.14 in the 110 hurdles (w:-0.4), 96-10 in the discus, a season best 16-10 3/4 in the pole vault, 153-10 in the javelin and 4:43.99 in the 1,500. Young claimed marks of 15.14 in the 110 hurdles (w:+0.4), 127-5 in the discus, 14-11 in the pole vault, 156-11 in the javelin and 4:22.49 in the 1,500.

Overall in Sunday's five events, Lorenzo won the javelin by more than 17 feet (187-4), Slye claimed the pole vault (16-10 3/4) by a 1 foot, three-inch margin over Lorenzo, and Young scored the day's fastest time in the 1,500 (4:22.49) by more than 16 seconds.

'The real story was the battle Jason and Andy put on to get fourth and fifth,' Lawson said. 'Jason had his best vault of the year to move into striking distance of fourth place, then Andy made up 230 points in the final event with a big PR in the 1,500 to move up to fifth place (ahead of Stanford's Timi Wusu by one point) - he needed to beat the other guy by 37 seconds, and he did that with less than a second to spare. He earned the win from the start, by throwing down the gauntlet and going out in 65 seconds. You could see it just crushing people's hearts.'

Staking the Ducks' third straight decathlon win, Lorenzo's win was the fourth, top-two league finish of his career after a win in 2001 (7,617) and runner-up nods in 2000 (7,649) and 1999 (7,150). Slye wrapped up his third league appearance and his second scoring honor after taking fifth in 2002 (6,996) and ninth in 2001 (6,631).

'Overall, it was an OK effort,' Oregon's Santiago Lorenzo said, 'I did what I had to win, and help my teammates, so mission accomplished. I'm not a first day guy, so even though I was in third place yesterday, I knew I'd make up some points. Slye's pole vault and Andy's 1,500 were huge. Andy never looked back and was off from the start. My mission was to pace Slye to beat the Stanford guy by 6 seconds, and we ended up beating him by more than 16 seconds.'

Oregon's 1-4-5 finish in the event put them atop the team standings with 19 points after one event with a 10-point edge on Washington State (second, 9 points), USC (third, 6), Stanford (fourth, 3) and Arizona (fifth, 2). 'It's a huge lift to our team,' Lawson said. 'Going into the meet we had 15 points on the form chart, so to be able to score 19 points, I'm very proud how they really battled, and never gave up. Whenever we needed them to step up, they told me that they were going to get it down. We coaches can only do so much, and they made decisions to be warriors and they did.'

In the heptathlon, redshirt junior Abby Andrus paced the Duck women with a third-place finish and 151-point personal best (5,303), and trailed only national leader and senior Ellannee Richardson of Washington State (first, 5,766) and Stanford junior Lillian Bush (second, 5,519).

In her second-day action, Andrus posted a season best of 18-5 1/4 in the long jump, 113-10 in the javelin and 2:14.93 in the 800.

'One of our goals was to finish top three with a score that assuredly will get her into nationals, so we're excited,' Oregon assistant coach Mark Stream said. 'We now have six points as a team as we wait for the rest of the events next week. She had a good day Sunday - her long jump was a heptathlon personal best, and we were excited by her javelin and 800, although there's a lot more room for her to improve.'

Andrus ranked second in the 800 (2:14.93) by less than a quarter-second behind Stanford's Bush (2:14.73), and also second in the javelin (113-10) behind WSU's Richardson (135-7), while her long jump tied for fourth-best on the afternoon. Andrus' 800 clocking was only a half-second behind her personal best of 2:14.93 from April's Oregon Invite, and Sunday's javelin mark was only inches shy of her second-best ever.

Looking ahead, the rest of the Duck M&W head to USC for the remainder of the Pac-10 Championships, next Sat.-Sun., May 17-18. Saturday's first field event is 10 am, the first running event is at 1 pm, and the last running event is at 6:40 pm. Sunday's first field event is at 9 am, the first running event at 1 pm, and last event ends at 5:30 pm. More meet information is available at the www.usctrojans.com and www.pac-10.org websites.


FINAL RESULTS

Pac-10 Championships Heptathlon-Decathlon
Barbara A. Loker Stadium - USC
Los Angeles, Calif.
Sunday, May 11, 2003


Men's Decathlon Final Standings - 1, Santiago Lorenzo, Oregon, 7,564. 2, Darion Powell, Washington State, 7,386. 3, Shelton Davis, USC, 7,290. 4, Jason Slye, Oregon, 7,078. 5, Andy Young, Oregon, 7,017. 6, Timi Wusu, Stanford, 7,016. 7, Jake Arnold, Arizona, 6,834. 8, David Turpin, WSU, 6,826. 9, Andrew Phillips, UCLA, 6,743. 10, Jason Gatewood, California, 6,046. 11, Nic Verbon, Washington, 5,991.

Women's Heptathlon Final Standings - 1, Ellannee Richardson, Washington State, 5,766. 2, Lilian Bush, Stanford, 5,519. 3, Abby Andrus, Oregon, 5,303. 4, Diana Pickler, WSU, 5,254. 5, Ahimea Hodari, Stanford, 5,021. 6, Elzonia Lamb, California, 4,688. 7, Amanda Underwood, Arizona, 4,431. 8, Louise Akesson, WSU, 4,347. 9, Kendra Caprye, Washington, 3,880.

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