Meredith and Hallgrimsson in Fourth After Day One at Pac-10's
May 8, 2005
Los Angeles, CA -
MEREDITH AND HALLGRIMSSON OPEN PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cal All-American Brooke Meredith competed well beyond her depth on the first day of the Pac-10 Multi-Event championships. The senior set a total of three personal bests and stands in fourth place by 154 points to Washington State's Diana Pickler. Meredith's first day total of 3,239 points eclipses her old first day best of 3,181 points set earlier this year at the Mt SAC Relays Heptathlon. Meredith started the day off with a lifetime best in the 100mH running 14.38 for 925 points. Pickler had the fastest time of 13.79 for 1,008 points and the early lead. Meredith followed up the performance by coming within one-quarter-inch of her lifetime best in jumping 5-4.75 for 771 points and the fourth best mark of the day. Pickler notched the best mark again of 5-8.75 for 916 points. Meredith made up much of the deficit in the shot put. Her first throw was enough to win the shot put outright, but on her second throw she heaved a massive PR of 43-1 beating her old best by almost three feet. Meredith outscored Pickler by 180 points to come within 50 points of the lead, but would loose that margin in the 200m where Meredith posted a near-PR of 25.89 for 807 points while Pickler ran 24.72 for 913 points to bring the margin back out to 154 points to close day one. Meredith will have more than one chance to take the lead from Pickler tomorrow, especially in the javelin where Meredith has the potential to score up to 770 points if she can throw near her lifetime best of 148-0.
Cal Junior Jonas Hallgrimsson also stands in fourth place in the men's decathlon at 3,559 points. Washington State's Darion Powell leads the event at 3,889 points. Hallgrimsson's performance was anchored by strong marks in the high jump and long jump. Hallgrimsson's clearance at 6-3.5 came on the heels of a very clean series of jumps that saw the junior only miss once at 6-2.25. The mark gave Hallgrimsson 731 points and a lifetime best. Although Hallgrimsson's mark of 22-1 in the long jump gave him more points than any other event that day, he owns a best of 23-0.5, which would have given him 50 more points than the 750 points he earned instead. Hallgrimsson came through big in the shot put as well, where he threw a whole four-feet past his previous best at 44-5.25 on his very first throw for 700 points and the third best mark in the event. This is the first outdoor decathlon that Hallgrimsson has been able to compete in due to injury.
Alex McClary POSTS PR AT MODESTO
Freshman Alex McClary posted a massive PR of 1:48.84 to make his first trip under 1:50.00 a big one. McClary entered the invitational section of the men's 800m at the vaunted Modesto Relays as the only collegiate athlete among seven other professionals. Fate smiled on McClary who drew lane eight to get the best position coming out of the break on a track with some of the tightest turns in the world. McClary's usual habit of running in the middle of the lead pack and kicking at the end translated into not only good race strategy, but excellent performance strategy as well, given a field featuring the second fastest runner in the world at that distance. McClary came through 400m at 54.0 in the back of the pack, but in strong contention. With 300m left the pack began to separate from McClary as he struggled to stay up with the leaders while saving his top gear for the final kick. At 200m McClary was in seventh place and the pack had dissolved entirely with Khadevis Robinson well on his way to the third fastest time in the world. McClary began to kick powerfully and caught the sixth place runner in the turn as he came into the final straight making up ground on fifth and fourth place. McClary would finish sixth in producing his first regional qualifier. The time also gives McClary the fifth fastest time going into the Pac-10 championships next week. McClary's lifetime best comes right on the heels of his brother Andy's personal best performance earned last weekend at the Cardinal Invite in the 1,500m. Andy's time was also a regional qualifier.
Freshman Craig Kent, who already posses a regional qualifying mark in the shot put, added the discus to the events he'll be competing in at the NCAA Regional championships near the end of the month. Kent threw the disc 169-6 to improve on his seasonal best of 164-11. Kent's mark gave him ninth place in a field that featured five throwers over 190-0.
Junior Elzunia Lamb and junior Tiffany Johnson both posted seasonal bests in the long jump. Lamb's mark of 19-6.75 gave her sixth place in the invitational division. Lamb had two jumps that were declared foul, both of which looked as though they were over 20-0. Johnson finished right behind Lamb in seventh place with a jump of 19-2.5.
BEITASHOUR HITS HIS BEST TWICE
A handful of athletes also pursuing regional marks competed at the Hornet Invitational at Sacramento State on Friday. Swirling winds prevented any Cal athletes from earning them, but didn't prevent a pair of personal bests by freshman Alex Beitashour. Beitashour began with a 49.63 in the 400m, which was won by sophomore Jonathan Suddaby at 48.06, and followed it with a 22.48 in the 200m.
Sophomore Craig Woods won his heat of the 400mH with his own personal best. Woods ran out hard and took control by the second hurdle coming through 200m at 25.0. Woods almost lost control when he crashed into the tenth hurdle and nearly stepped out of his lane, but managed to keep control and come in at 53.98 beating his old best of 54.20.
For complete results of the Modesto Relays go to their official website.