Taiwo, Henderson Win Pac-10 Titles
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TUCSON, Ariz. - On day two of the Pac-10 Championships combined events weekend, senior Samantha Henderson of Arizona State won the women's seven-event heptathlon with 5,470 points while junior Jeremy Taiwo of Washington won the men's 10-event decathlon with 7,742 points. With only one event scored, the ASU women hold an early lead in the team race with 23 points. UCLA has an early lead in the men's race with 15 points.
Sun Devil student-athletes finished first, second and fourth on the women's side. Over the two day competition, Henderson picked up marks of 13.92 in the 100 hurdles, 5-7.75 in the high jump, 41-7.25 in the shot put, 25.71 in the 200 meters, 20-4.25 in the long jump, 113-1 in the javelin and 2:37.70 in the 800 meters.
ASU sophomore Keia Pinnick finished second with 5,385 points. Arizona sophomore Liana Fuentes earned a bronze finish with 5,313 points and ASU sophomore Christabel Nettey was fourth with 5,068 points.
"It was a great start with 23 points four our women's team," Arizona State head coach Greg Kraft said. "It was beyond our expectations. Every team has its injury issues so it was unfortunate for the defending champion. We wish her the best on her way to recovery. UA helped themselves with a third-place finish. We still have 20 more events to go. We needed a good start but it's way too early to say anything."
Taiwo recorded marks of 10.98 in the 100 meters, 23-11.5 in the long jump, 42-11 in the shot put, 6-11 in the high jump, 48.49 in the 400 meters, 14.41 in the 110-meter hurdles, 118-10 in the discus, 15-9.75 in the pole vault, 107-9 in the javelin and 4:18.69 in the 1,500 meters.
Senior David Klech of Oregon earned a runner-up finish with 7,581 points. Junior Trent Perez led a 3-4-5 finish for UCLA in the event with 7,315 points.
"I'm happy with the win," Taiwo said. "I wish today would have went a little better. I didn't get any sleep last night so I was scared coming into today. I just went out today and my goal was to stay close to my personal records. I knew coming in I would have to throw with my left hand since I messed up my right arm. I'm just really glad I could help my team out and give us a good start. I'm feeling healthy."
Competition will resume at the Pac-10 Championships Fri.-Sat., May 13-14 with the remainder of the track and field events. For continued coverage of the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships, visit pac-10.org or ArizonaWildcats.com.