Woods Places Third At Pac-10 Multi-Events Championships
May 10, 2008
Sophomore Shana Woods finished with 5,474 points to place third at the Pac-10 Multi-Events Championships held today (May 10) at Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium on the Arizona State campus in Tempe, Ariz. Sophomore Nia Ali, who ended the first day of competition in second place with an amazing total of 3,606 points which was 237 points ahead of the person in third place, had to drop out of the competition due to soreness in her hamstring. Redshirt senior Lindsay Oman placed 10th with 4,844 points.
Woods, who became the first Trojan female since 2002 to score in the Pac-10 Multi-Events Championships when she placed fifth last season, became USC's highest finisher in the Pac-10 heptathlon since Nicole Haynes won the event in 1996 with a two-day total of 5,786 points, still second all-time by a Trojan.
Woods placed sixth in the long jump with mark of 18-8 (5.70m) to earn 759 points, then finished sixth in the javelin with a throw of 123-4 (37.60m) to earn 621 points and finished her night with a time of 2:23.13 also good for sixth place and 781 points. Woods took third place with 5,474 points, 34 points ahead of Stanford's Lauren Stewart, well behind the first and second place finishers Arizona State's three-time NCAA heptathlon champion Jacquelyn Johnson (who set a Pac-10 record with 6,307 points) and Oregon's Brianne Theisen (5,765 points). Woods is third all-time in the heptathlon by a Trojan with a total of 5,507 points scored at last year's NCAA Championships. Woods' point total in the two days was a NCAA Championships provisional qualifier as 5,500 was needed to automatically qualify and 5,050 was needed to provisionally qualify.
Oman began the day in 11th place and moved up a spot after the three events. She placed 18th in the long jump with a leap of 16-2 1/2 (4.94m) to earn 543 points, 18th in the javelin with a throw of 93-5 (28.48m) to earn 448 points and then posted a PR and the fastest 800m race of the day with a time of 2:15.24 to earn 889 points. Oman's total of 4,844 points was short of her PR of 5,025 points set at the Texas Relays earlier this season.
The day had to be especially frustrating to Ali who was competing in her first heptathlon as a Trojan, as she had a first-day PR of 3,606 points, just 94 points behind the leader and had set three PRs on the first day including two USC all-time top 10 marks (110m HH -T-4th and high jump -T-10th). After testing her hamstring in warmups, it was determined that she might risk injury t if she continued on, so she was shut down for the rest of the competition.
Before the night's competition began there were adjustments made to the scoring as computer issues caused the 200m dash to be hand timed and for some of the competitors the adjustments were added twice. The adjusted first day scoring had Jacquelyn Johnson of Arizona State leading with 3,700 points, Nia Ali in second with 3,606 points, Shana Woods in fifth with 3,313 points and Lindsay Oman in 11th place with 2,964 points.
As in all of the 21 events in the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships, scoring is10 points for first place, eight points for second place, six points for third place, five points for fourth place, four points for fifth place, three points for sixth place, two points for seventh place and one point for eighth place. So after one event of the 2008 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships, the USC women's team has six points and are in fourth place, trailing Arizona State (10), Stanford (9) and Oregon (9).