Pac-10 Multi Event Day 1 Recap

May 6, 2007

Arizona senior Jake Arnold and Washington State senior Diana Pickler lead the field after the first day of the Pac-10 Track & Field Multi-Event Championships in Stanford, Calif.

After starting the day with fifth-place finishes in the 100-meter dash (11.24) and the long jump (6.69 meters), Arnold claimed consecutive victories in the shot put (15.01 meters) and high jump (2.07 meters) to jump into the lead.

'I'm particularly proud of the high jump, where I beat my old PR of 6'7' [2.01 meters] by six centimeters, but also of the shot put,' he said. I'm going for 50 feet [15.24 meters], but 15 meters is a good number and puts me on the right track.'

Arnold then fought off dehydration to take third in the 400-meter dash (49.72) and finish the day atop the 12-man field with 4,035 points.

'I took 15 jumps in the high jump and was just so excited I wasn't drinking enough water and getting enough electrolytes,' he said.

'So I felt good the first 100 meters in the 400, but then my legs started doing the dehydration dance. I had run 49.2 five weeks ago, and split 48.7 the other week, so I was expecting to go a little faster.'

Even so, Arnold holds a convincing lead over Oregon freshman Ashton Eaton (3,954 points), California junior Steven Conrad (3,880 points), Washington State junior Rickey Moody (3,829 points) and Arizona State junior Joshua Kinnaman (3,736 points) through five of the decathlon's ten events. But with the 110-meter hurdles, the discus, the pole vault, the javelin and the 1500-meter run still to come, Arnold's pursuers know they have a chance.

'The second day of the decathlon is the most fun,' Eaton said. 'I'm particularly looking forward to the pole vault. It's one of my worst events, but I've been improving in practice.'

On the women's side, Diana Pickler won the 100-meter hurdles (13.45) and high jump (1.78 meters), and took second in 200-meter dash (24.41) and fifth in the shot put (11.58 meters) to finish with 3,586 points through four of the heptathlon's seven events. Still, the windy conditions frustrated many of today's competitors, Diana Pickler included.

'It just hasn't been a great day, but it hasn't been a bad day either,' she said. 'I haven't been on top of my game, but it's been that way for everybody in the field, so it's just been about competing.'

Diana Pickler's main competition heading into tomorrow's final three events is Arizona State junior Jacquelyn Johnson. She won the shot put with a heave of 41 feet, seven inches (12.67 meters), finished second to Diana Pickler in the 100-meter hurdles (13.62), tied for third in the high jump (1.72 meters) and took fifth 200-meter dash (24.80) for a total of 3,523 points.

'It's not the best day, but I'm just trying to maintain my energy and finish strong tomorrow,' she said.

Diana Pickler's twin Julie Pickler, also a Washington State senior, finished no lower than fourth in any event, and heads into tomorrow in third, with 3,473 points. Arizona sophomore Shevell Quinley (3,322 points) and USC freshman Shana Woods (3,302 points) are fourth and fifth in the 15-woman field.

All appear in striking distance with the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run to come tomorrow.

'I've had some good long jumps, but my javelin and my 800 can improve so I'm looking forward to tomorrow,' Diana Pickler said.

For complete results, see GoStanford.com.

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