Pac-10 Track & Field Multi Event Day 2 Recap

May 6, 2007

By DANIEL NOVINSON - Arizona senior Jake Arnold claimed the decathlon title and Washington State senior Diana Pickler won the heptathlon at the Pac-10 Track & Field Multi-Event Championships in Stanford, Calif.

Arnold entered the day with just an 81-point lead over Oregon freshman Ashton Eaton, but won the pole vault and javelin in dominating fashion to finish with 7,755 points, an incredible 632 ahead of Eaton (7,123 points).

'I was going for 8,000 points, but in discus, I finished 130 points off my PR, so it was going to be real tough after that,' Arnold said.

His pole vault of 5.15 meters beat the second-place finisher, Stanford junior Josh Hustedt, by 40 centimeters. His javelin throw of 60.09 meters was over seven meters longer than California junior Steven Conrad's, who finished second in that event and seventh overall (6,565 points).

'Pole vault with me, usually I'm one of the better vaulters, so I do expect to do very well,' Arnold said. 'In javelin, I had PRed last week, so I was hoping to do well this weekend as well.'

Eaton entered the 1,500-meter run in fourth, 174 points behind Washington State junior Rickey Moody and eight behind Arizona State junior Joshua Kinnaman. But Eaton took fourth in the 1,500 with a 4:39.72, while the other two decathletes struggled. It was just enough for Eaton (7,123 points) to nose out Moody (7,109 points) and Kinnaman (7,086 points) for second overall.

'I didn't think I had a chance, but my coaches changed my mind,' Moody said. 'The point for me was to get ahead of Moody and Kinnaman to get eight points for the team. When it was happening, it wasn't exciting, but it is now.'

Hustedt won the day's first event, the 110-meter hurdles (14.44) en route to a sixth place overall finish (6,849 points). Moody took the discus with a hurl of 44.59 meters, while Washington State junior Justin Chambers easily won the 1,500 in 4:19.92 to take ninth overall.

Washington senior Blake Bidleman finished fifth in the 12-man field with 6,865 points. On the women's side, Diana Pickler entered Sunday's final three events with a 63-point lead, with Arizona State junior Jacquelyn Johnson and Washington State senior Julie Pickler in striking distance.

But Diana Pickler eliminated any doubt by starting the morning off with two exemplary performances, claiming second in the long jump with a 6.20-meter leap before easily winning the javelin with a 44.03-meter heave. Her cushion was great enough that even after finishing just fifth in the 800-meter run (2:23.62), her total of 6,108 points topped the 15-woman field by a commanding 228-point margin.

'My first two events went really well today,' Diana Pickler said. 'I definitely stepped it up.' Julie Pickler (5,790 points) came from behind to wrestle second place away from Jacquelyn Johnson (5,706 points), who finished third. The two were virtually tied heading into the final event, the 800-meter run, but Julie Pickler started out fast and never looked back - finishing second in the event with a 2:19.24. 'It always feels good to be out in front,' said Julie Pickler, who won her heat in the 800. 'I'm so excited to be done - it's the best feeling in the world.'

The one-two finish was a sweep not just for Washington State, but also for the Pickler family: Diana and Julie are twins.

'Diana is definitely a step ahead at this point, so I didn't expect to beat her unless she messed up,' Julie Pickler said. 'So I'm definitely excited to finish second.'

Arizona sophomore Shevell Quinley finished fourth (5,657 points), while USC freshman Shana Woods won the long jump (6.21 meters) to take fifth overall (5,459 points). Oregon freshman Erin Funkhouser won the 800-meter run (2:16.25) and finished 10th overall.

The Pac-10 Track & Field Championships continue next weekend, May 12 and 13, at Stanford University. For complete results, see GoStanford.com.

Women's Heptathlon:
Long jump
1. Shana Woods, freshman, USC 6.21 meters
2. Diana Pickler, senior, Washington State 6.20 m
3. Shevell Quinley, sophomore, Arizona 6.11 m
4. Julie Pickler, senior, Washington State 5.90 m
5. Lauren Stewart, sophomore, Stanford 5.77 m

Javelin throw1. Diana Pickler, senior, Washington State 44.03 meters
2. Jacquelyn Johnson, junior, Arizona State 42.77 m
3. Julie Pickler, senior, Washington State 39.82 m
4. Kara Bennett, freshman, Stanford 39.19 m
5. Shevell Quinley, sophomore, Arizona 38.77 m

800-meter dash
1. Erin Funkhouser, freshman, Oregon 2:16.65
2. Julie Pickler, freshman, Washington State 2:19.24
3. Shevell Quinley, sophomore, Arizona 2:21.13
4. Lindsey Oman, senior, USC 2:22.60
5. Diana Pickler, senior, Washington State 2:23.62

Final Standings
1. Diana Pickler, senior, Washington State 6,018 points
2. Julie Pickler, senior, Washington State 5,790
3. Jacquelyn Johnson, junior, Arizona State 5,706
4. Shevell Quinley, sophomore, Arizona 5,657
5. Shana Woods, freshman, USC 5,459
6. Kalindra McFadden, sophomore, Oregon 5,115
7. Tifani Grimes, junior, California 4,972
8. Liz Fuller, junior, Washington 4,760
9. Georgea Richards, senior, UCLA 4,752
10. Erin Funkhouser, freshman, Oregon 4,450

Men's Decathlon:
110-meter hurdles
1. Josh Hustedt, junior, Stanford 14.44
2. Jake Arnold, senior, Arizona 14.55
3. Ashton Eaton, freshman, Oregon 14.66
4. Rickey Moody, junior, Washington State 14.69
5. Alexey Shkuratov, sophomore, Oregon 14.72

Discus
1. Rickey Moody, junior, Washington State 44.59 meters
2. Joshua Kinnaman, junior, Arizona State 43.52 m
3. Blake Bidleman, senior, Washington 39.08 m
4. Steven Conrad, junior, California 37.72 m
5. Jake Arnold, senior, Arizona 36.86 m

Pole vault
1. Jake Arnold, senior, Arizona 5.15 meters
2. Josh Hustedt, junior, Stanford 4.75 m
3. Casey DiCCesare, freshman, UCLA 4.65 m
4. Alexey Shkuratov, sophomore, Oregon 4.35 m
5. Blake Bidleman, senior, Washington 4.25 m

Javelin throw
1. Jake Arnold, senior, Arizona 60.09 meters
2. Steven Conrad, junior, California 52.72 m
3. Rickey Moody, junior, Washington State 52.08 m
4. Alexey Shkuratov, sophomore, Oregon 50.42 m
5. Corey Fredericks, junior, Washington 49.14 m

1,500-meter run
1. Justin Chambers, junior, Washington State 4:19.92
2. Blake Bidleman, senior, Washington 4:32.07
3. Kyle Schauble, freshman, Washington State 4:37.14
4. Ashton Eaton, freshman, Oregon 4:39.72
5. Joshua Kinnaman, junior, Arizona State 4:47.05

Final Standings
1. Jake Arnold, senior, Arizona 7,755 points2. Ashton Eaton, freshman, Oregon 7,1233. Rickey Moody, junior, Washington State 7,1094. Joshua Kinnaman, junior, Arizona State 7,0865. Blake Bidleman, senior, Washington 6,8656. Josh Hustedt, junior, Stanford 6,8497. Steven Conrad, junior, California 6,5658. Casey DiCCesare, freshman, UCLA 6,4689. Justin Chambers, junior, Washington State 6,39010. Kyle Schauble, freshman, Washington State 6,385

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