Kevin Kuechler 7th in Cal Multis with PR 6,638 in Decathlon
March 25, 2010
BERKELEY - Junior Kevin Kuechler set a personal record in the decathlon with a score of 6,638 points to finish seventh among 11 Group A competitors at the Cal Multis Thursday at Edwards Stadium. Over the 10 events, Kuechler set or tied eight PRs, four during each afternoon of the two-day event.
Kuechler's previous decathlon best was 5,382 set during last spring's Pac-10 championships, where he placed 14th. At the Cal Mutlis, he had surpassed that total with two events to go.
Mark Jellison, a volunteer assistant coach for Cal who was competing unattached, led throughout the competition and finished with 7,414 points. He was followed by Jonathan Collins, also unattached, with 7,123 points and Chico State's Jake Nelson with 6,907 points.
Kuechler set his fifth PR of the competition in Thursday's opening event, the 110-meter hurdles, when he finished in 15.37. The time, which was fifth among the entrants, broke his previous PR of 16.11 set last spring. In addition, Cal junior Mike Morrison was sixth in 15.41.
Kuechler continued his run on PRs with a toss of 121-7 in the discus, which came on his second of three throws. Morrison only had one legal throw, but it was good enough for fourth in the field at 129-3.
In the pole vault, Kuechler cleared 13-1.50, which was more than a foot higher than his best from 2009 when he had a season-high 11-11.75. His PR in the javelin - 159-1 - came on the last of his three attempts and put him in eighth place in the event.
The final event - the 1500 meters - saw Kuechler run 5:06.70.
Morrison, one of the NCAA's leading multi-event competitors, participated in about half of the decathlon events over the two days to help him prepare for next week's Texas Relays in Austin. During the recently completed indoor season, he won the MPSF heptathlon title and was third at the NCAA championships with a school-record total of 5,826 points.
J. Patrick Smith of Chico State won Group B of the decathlon with a total of 6,485. In the heptathlon, Idaho State's Cassie Merkley claimed Group A with 5,246 points, while teammate Amanda Vink-Johnston finished first in Group B with 4,349 points.
The Golden Bears continue with their busy Spring Break week with portions of the squad at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival Friday and others at the Stanford Invitational Friday and Saturday.
March 25, 2010 - Edwards Stadium
Pole Vault - 8. Kevin Kuechler 13-1.50 (4.00m) (617 points)
Javelin - 8. Kevin Kuechler 159-1 (48.49m) (566 points)
1500 meters- 11. Kevin Kuechler 5:06.70 (522 points)
Final standings (Group A) - 1. Mark Jellison (unattached) 7414; 2. Jonathan Collins (unattached) 7123; 3. Jake Nelson (Chico State) 6907; 4. Nathan Capps (unattached) 6897; 5. Kyle Schauble (Washington State) 6802; 6. Brad Silvester (Idaho State) 6703; 7. Kevin Kuechler (California) 6638; 8. Talor Fulfer (Chico State) 6618; 9. David Deal (Fresno State) 6521; 10. Brian Beeman (Chico State) 6462; 11. Ramsey Hopkins (Washington State) 6259.
Final standings (Group B) - 1. J. Patrick Smith (Chico State) 6486; 2. William Guthrie (UC Davis) 6286; 3. Robert Neely (UC Davis) 6053; 4. Michael Beeman (unattached) 6043; 5. John Brunk (Chico State) 6034; 6. Justin Critser (Idaho State) 5857; 7. Harley Goedhart (Idaho State) 5830; 8. Jon-Michael Delima (Chico State) 5580; 9. Michael Storer (Chico State) 5396; 10. Garret Wood (Idaho State) 5390; 11. Corby Kiler (Idaho State) 5381; 12. Brady Baymgartner (Humboldt State) 4947; 13. Trevor White 4628; 14. Tyler Simmons (Humboldt State) 4509.
Final standings (Group A) - 1. Cassie Merkley (Idaho State) 5246; 2. Jasmine Johnson-McKeown (Washington State) 4876; 3. Anikia Jackson (UC Davis) 4800; 4. Angela Jensen (Washington State) 4767; 5. Kelly Clancey (Chico State) 4579; 6. Samantha Balentine (Hawaii) 4567; 7. Crystal Sims (Seattle Pacific) 4506; 8. Sasha Byulova (Idaho State) 4426; 9. Brittany Aanstad (Seattle Pacific) 4393; 10. Natalija Waldhuber (Hawaii) 4212; 11. Jenifer Pike (Seattle Pacific) 4229.
Final standings (Group B) - 1. Amanda Vink-Johnston (Idaho State) 4349; 2. Jennifer Boswell (Nevada) 4091; 3. Alexa Anderson (Nevada) 4006; 4. Brittni Showers (CS Stanislaus) 3913; 5. Katelyn Choukalos (Nevada) 3897; 6. Danielle Stallworth (Nevada) 3647; 7. Shannon Jordan (Chico State) 3385; 8. Tiera Weaver (Idaho State) 3131; 9. Nicole Anderson (Idaho State) 2622; 10. Kim Chew (Mills) 2513; 11. Jordan Cornelison (Idaho State) 2456.