Washington State's Darion Powell And Diana Pickler Lead After Day 1 Of Pac-10 Multi's
May 7, 2005
Los Angeles, CA - At the 2005 Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships at UCLA's Drake Stadium, Washington State's Darion Powell and Diana Pickler ended day one's competition in first place after a solid competition from both athletes. In the men's decathlon, Powell leads with a score of 3,889 points, followed by Arizona's Robert Arnold (3,728 pts.) and Oregon's Cody Fleming (3,669 pts.). In the women's heptathlon, Pickler ended day one with a total of 3,393 points, followed by Oregon's Lauryn Jordan (3,324 pts.) and WSU's Julie Pickler (3,278 pts.).
Sophomore D. Pickler's lifetime-best performance in the high jump (5-8.75, 1st) helped her to the front of the pack as she ended the day with a personal-best first day total.
'High jump was a big factor today and the only reason why I am in the lead,' said Pickler.
Pickler's sister, sophomore Julie, had a strong day aside from a disappointing high jump competition (5-4.25, 4th) and is in strong contention for a Pac-10 title on Sunday.
'Diana and Julie both had solid marks today, and all three of our heptathletes posted lifetime-best day one results,' said Head WSU Coach Rick Sloan. 'Julie could have had a stronger high jump competition, but both are feeling good and competing well and we look forward to tomorrow's events.'
Oregon junior Lauryn Jordan also had an impressive first day of competition as she posted her best-ever first day total (3,324 pts.). Jordan posted lifetime-bests in the 200m (25.42, 4th) and 100m hurdles (14.53, 5th) to end the day in second place.
'Lauryn is on course for a lifetime-best total and a strong provisional qualifying mark,' said Oregon Women's Multi-Event Coach Rock Light. 'Her goal is to place as high as she can and qualify for the NCAA meet and she's on track to do so.'
In the men's competition, WSU junior Darion Powell competed strong to end the day in first place (3,889 pts.). Powell's teammate, sophomore Brandon Brownell, was forced to pull out of the competition after suffering a hamstring injury in the high jump.
'Darion is competing well and is pretty strong in tomorrow's first four events,' said WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan. 'If he stays solid he'll be in good position tomorrow for a possible title. Brandon was having a good meet and it's a big loss for our team because I believe he could have finished in the top four or five.'
Despite the absence of the 2004 Pac-10 Decathlon Champion Tommy Skipper, the Oregon multi-eventers have faired well as juniors Cody Fleming and Andy Young hold the No. 3 (3,669 pts.) and No. 5 (3,549 pts.) spots going into Sunday's competition. Young ran a lifetime-best 49.86 in the 400m (1st) and jumped a season-best 6.66m in the long jump, while Fleming recorded a lifetime-bests in four of the five events.
'Andy's a little ahead of his pace at the Oregon Invite two weeks ago and should move up in the second day of competition because of his strength in the pole vault and 1500m,' said Oregon Men's Multi-Events Coach Bill Lawson. 'Cody had an outstanding first day of competition. He had four lifetime-bests today and you can't ask for anything better then that.'
Day two of the Multi-Event Championships will begin tomorrow at 12:00 pm with the men's 110m hurdles and at 1:00 pm with the women's long jump.
Day 1 Women's Point Totals
1. Diana Pickler, WSU (3,393)
2. Lauryn Jordan, Oregon (3,324)
3. Julie Pickler, WSU (3,278)
4. Brooke Meredith, Cal (3,239)
5. Nastassja Hall, UCLA (3,117)
6. Grace Vela, Washington (3,058)
7. Katie Miller, WSU (3,005)
8. Lindsay Oman, USC (2,914)
9. Alana Waterford, ASU (2,558)
10. Ingrid Kantola, UCLA (2,511)
Day 1 Men's Point Totals
1. Darion Powell, WSU (3,889)
2. Robert Arnold, Arizona (3,728)
3. Cody Fleming, Oregon (3,669)
4. Jonas Hallgrimsson, Cal (3,559)
5. Andy Young, Oregon (3,549)
6. Nick Taylor, Stanford (3,493)
7. David Murphy, UCLA (3,135)
8. Ryan Ehler, ASU (3,015)
9. Brandon Brownwell, WSU (2,811)