Kevn Kuechler in Fourth after Day 1 of Cal Multis
March 24, 2010
BERKELEY - Golden Bear junior Kevin Kuechler stood in fourth place with 3,523 points halfway through the decathlon at the Cal Multis meet Wednesday at Edwards Stadium. A total of 50 competitors - men in the decathlon and women in the heptathlon - are participating in the event, which will conclude with a full day of competition Thursday.
Kuechler started his day with a fifth-place finish in the 100 meters, traveling down the straightaway in 11.43 seconds to tie his PR in the event. The wind was just under the allowable at +1.9 meters per second.
Kuechler produced a best of 22-1.50 in the long jump, which was third best among the 12 competitors in Group A. He later took eighth in the shot put with a PR throw of 39-4 and tied for fifth in the high jump after clearing 6-0.75, another outdoor best.
In the day's final event, Kuechler was seventh in the 400, finishing in 51.94 despite running into a strong headwind down the home stretch. The time was exactly a second faster than his previous outdoor PR in the race.
Kuechler's career high in the decathlon is 5,362 points set at the Pac-10 championships last May. He was sixth in the indoor heptathlon at the MPSF championships last month.
Mark Jellison, a volunteer assistant coach for Cal who competed at both Connecticut and Clemson in college, led after the first day with 3,846 points, keyed by a victory in the long jump when he had a mark of 23-9. Chico State's Jake Nelson was in second with 3,770, followed by teammate Jonathan Collins in third with 3,656 points and Kuechler in fourth.
Cal junior Mike Morrison participated in several of the events, primarily as a training exercise, but held off going through a full day because he is slated to compete in the decathlon at next week's Texas Relays in Austin. During the indoor season, Morrison won the MPSF heptathlon title and was third at the NCAA indoor championships with a school-record total of 5,826 points.
March 24, 2010 - Edwards Stadium
Decathlon - Group A
100 meters - 5. Kevin Kuechler 11.43 (767 points)
Long Jump - 3. Kevin Kuechler 22-1.50 (6.74m) (753 points)
400 meters - 7. Kevin Kuechler 51.94 (727 points)
Day 1 standings (Group A) - 1. Mark Jellison (unattached) 3846; 2. Jake Nelson (Chico State) 3770; 3. Jonathan Collins (unattached) 3656; 4. Kevin Kuechler (California) 3523; 5. Nathan Capps (unattached) 3428; 6. Brian Beeman (Chico State) 3409; 7. Kyle Schauble (Washington State) 3399; 8. Talor Fulfer (Chico State) 3383; 9. David Deal (Fresno State) 3267; 10. Ramsey Hopkins (Washington State) 3255; 11. Brad Silvester (Idaho State) 3248; 12. Andrew Hall (unattached) 2922
Day 1 standings (Group B) - 1. J. Patrick Smith (Chico State) 3350; 2. William Guthrie (UC Davis) 3337; 3. Robert Neely (UC Davis) 3334; 4. John Brunk (Chico State) 3258; 5. Harley Goedhart (Idaho State) 3223; 6. Justin Critser (Idaho State) 3151; 7. Michael Beeman (Unattached) 3141; 8. Corby Kiler (Idaho State) 3119; 9. Brady Baumgartner (Humboldt State) 2947; 10. Garret Wood (Idaho State) 2916; 11. Michael Storer (Chico State) 2829; 12. Jon-Micahel Delima (Chico State) 2776; 13. Trevor White (Idaho State) 2298; 14. Tyler Simmons (Humboldt State) 2187.
Day 1 standings (Group A) - 1. Cassie Markley (Idaho State) 3196; 2. Jasmine Johnson-McKeown (Washington State) 3063; 3. Angela Jensen (Washington State) 2988; 4. Samantha Balentine (Hawaii) 2840; 5. Anikia Jackson (UC Davis) 2796; 6. Crystal Sims (Seattle Pacific) 2748; 7. Kelly Clancey (Chico State) 2692; 8. Sasha Buylova (Idaho State) 2654; 9. Natalija Waldhuber (Hawaii) 2624; 10. Brittany Aanstad (Seattle Pacific) 2512; 11. Jenifer Pike (Seattle Pacific) 2461.
Day 1 standings (Group B) - 1. Amanda Vink-Johnston (Idaho State) 2729; 2. Jennifer Boswell (Nevada) 2404; 3. Brittni Showers (CS Stanislaus) 2395; 4. Alexa Anderson (Nevada) 2315; 5. Katelyn Choukalos (Nevada) 2292; 6. Helena Silva (Humboldt State) 2194; 7. Danielle Stallworth (Nevada) 2056; 8. Shannon Jordan (Chico State) 1966; 9. Tiera Weaver (Idaho State) 1828; 10. Kim Chew (Mills) 1813; 11. Jordan Cornelison (Idaho State) 1665; 12. Nicole Anderson (Idaho State) 1573).