Meredith and Hallgrimsson Jump to Third in Pac-10 Multis
May 9, 2005
Los Angeles, CA -
All-American senior Brooke Meredith came in third place at the 2005Pac-10 Multi-Event championships. Her score of 5,446 fell just short of herlifetime best of 5,511 set last year at the Cal Multi-Event, but beat herseasonal best of 5,401 set at this year's Mt. SAC Relays. Meredith stood infourth place going into the second day of competition behind the Pickler sistersof Washington State and Lauryn Jordon of Oregon. After a first day PR of 3,239points on the heels of lifetime bests in the shot put and 100mH, Meredith wouldbe able to use her strong second day to improve her final position. Meredith'sperformance in the long jump of 17-9.75 only gave her 680 points allowing Jordonand the Picklers to widen their lead. Meredith owns a lifetime best of 19-4.75that would have won the long jump outright. That mark was set last year at theNCAA Indoor championships. Meredith made up much of the deficit in the javelinwith a throw of 137-6 for 704 points, the mark was second only to a monster tossby Oregon's Roslyn Lundeen of 159-00. The throw brought Meredith within 26points of Jordon. Meredith saved a terrific effort for the 800m where she ran aPR of 2:20.05 for 823 points to overtake Jordon by 147 points for third place.Jordon came in at 2:33.51. Meredith's time was the fourth fastest overall. DianaPickler stood in the lead until the 800m, when sister Julie ran 2:19.73 overDiana's 2:24.31 to jump into the lead and win the event by 6 points with a finalhigh score of 5,569 points. Meredith's score of 5,446 is the ninth best score inthe country by a collegian this year.
Junior Jonas Hallgrimsson managed a feat similar to Meredith's byjumping from fourth to third in the second day of competition. His final scoreof 7,002 points took third place from Cody Fleming of Oregon in the last event,the 1,500m. Hallgrimsson's terrific throw of 202-1 in the ninth event, thejavelin, made him the only thrower over 200-0 and allowed him to make up afrightening amount of ground on Fleming who only threw 184-8. At the close ofthe javelin Arizona's Robert Arnold had fallen into fifth from second placeafter fouling out in the discus while Hallgrimsson trailed Fleming by only sixpoints. Meanwhile Oregon's Andy Young had catapulted into second on the strengthof a 16-2.75 effort in the pole vault. When the dust settled at the end of the1,500m, Hallgrimsson had the second fastest 1,500m time of 4:39.61 behind onlyYoung's 4:28.22. The time gave Hallgrimsson 683 points over the 655 points thatFleming earned for running 4:44.12 as Hallgrimsson handed Fleming fourth placefor third.
The points from Meredith's finish puts the Cal women in second place, whileHallgrimsson gives the men third place.
Competition at the 2005 Pac-10 championships will conclude this Saturday andSunday at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles.