Woods Places Fifth At Pac-10 Multi Events Championships

May 6, 2007

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LOS ANGELES - USC's Shana Woods placed fifth and Lindsay Oman 13th in the 2007 Pac-10 Multi Events Championships concluded today (May 6) at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the Stanford campus in Palo Alto, Calif.

The freshman Woods began the day in fifth with a first-day total of 3,302 points. She quickly moved into fourth place and within 75 points of second place, following winning the long jump competition with a jump of 20-4 1/2 (6.21m), earning her 915 points.

The next event, the javelin, ended up changing the competiton in a negative way for both Woods and Oman. Woods fouled on her first throw, then posted a safe throw of 98-11 (30.16m), but fouled again on her third and final try at the javelin. Her mark was roughly 21 feet short of her season best and earned the talented Trojan just 480 points and dropped her soundly back into fifth place.

Oman's javelin experience was even worse. After beginning the day in ninth place with 2,938 points and gaining 543 points in the long jump, Oman needed a big throw in the javelin to get back in the mix. Unfortunately for the Trojan senior, she fouled in all three attempts and gained zero points in the event, all but eliminating her from scoring contention (top 8 finishers).

Oman bounced back in the final event, the 800m race, with a time of 2:22.60 which was fourth-fastest in the field and earned her 789 points. She ended the two-day competition with 4,270 points. In her only other multi events competition of the season, Oman scored 4,891 points to move into eighth place all-time on USC's heptathlon list.

Woods had the seventh-fasted 800m time of 2:24.64 to earn 762 points and finish with 5,459 points. That still set a new season best for Woods and moved her from fourth into third place on USC's all-time heptathlon points scored list. It also improved her standing on the NCAA provisional qualifier list, as a 5,500 point total is needed for an automatic NCAA Regional qualifier.

The Trojan freshman was the only first-year athlete to score in the 2007 Pac-10 women's heptathlon and she became the first USC woman to score in the Pac-10 Multi Events Championships since Spring Harris finished seventh in 2002 with 4,790 points.

The 2007 Pac-10 Multi Events champion is Diana Pickler of Washington State who scored 6,018 points. Taking second place was her sister and 2005 Pac-10 Champion Julie Pickler of Washington State with 5,790 points. 2004 and 2006 Pac-10 Champion Jacquelyn Johnson of Arizona State placed third with 5,706 points and Shevell Quinley of Arizona took fourth with 5,657 points. Johnson is the defending NCAA champion and Diana Pickler placed third and Julie Pickler fifth at the 2006 NCAA Championships.

Woods earned USC four points towards the Pac-10 Championships, with rest of the events to take place at Stanford on May 12 and 13. After the heptathlon, Washington State has 18 points, Arizona State 6, Arizona 5, USC 4, Oregon 3, California 2 and Washington 1. USC did not have any males in the Men's Multi Events Championship, so after one event in the men's Pac-10 title race, Arizona has 10 points, Oregon 8, Washington State 6, Arizona State 5, Washington 4, Stanford 3, California 2 and UCLA 1.

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