Brooks-Johnson, Modin capture Pac-12 Track & Field multis crowns
CORVALLIS, Ore. - WASHINGTON STATE redshirt junior Alissa Brooks-Johnson won her second career heptathlon title, while OREGON senior Mitch Modin captured his first decathlon crown at the 2017 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships combined events at Oregon State's Whyte Track & Field Center on Sunday.
In the 14-athlete heptathlon field, Brooks-Johnson added to her Day 1 lead to post an 87-point victory over runner-up Kara Hallock of host OSU. In the eight-athlete decathlon, Modin, who had second-, third- and fourth-place efforts in three prior Pac-12 decathlon trips, erased a 145-point deficit over the final four events to secure an elusive Pac-12 championship in his final appearance.
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Brooks-Johnson totaled 5,638 points to capture her second Pac-12 heptathlon title in the past three years (2015), joining Ellanee Richardson (2001-03) as the only Cougars to win multiple Conference crowns. Brooks-Johnson's consistency was critical to adding to her 2015 championship as she finished in the top 5 in all seven events, including top-3 performances in five disciplines.
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Hallock won the long jump (19'-3.75") on Sunday to help her climb from fourth to runner-up with a personal-best 5,551 points, the second-highest score in OSU program history. USC's Lyndsey Lopes also recorded a PR with 5,371 points to claim third.
UCLA teammates Christina Chenault (5,269), Kendall Gustafson (5,217) and Monique Van (5,144) finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, to secure 12 points for the Bruins entering the remainder of the Pac-12 Championships next weekend at Oregon's Hayward Field.
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Trailing Day 1 leader Isaiah Oliver of COLORADO by 145 points through six events, Modin won the discus (124'-7.5") and javelin (197') and tied for first in the pole vault (15'-5") to build a comfortable 304-point advantage entering the 1,500-meter finale. Modin coasted to seventh in the 1,500 to finish with 7,530 points.
Ducks teammate Joe Delgado won the 1,500m in 4:14.75 to climb into second place with 7,432 points, providing 18 team points to Oregon as it looks to capture its 11th consecutive Pac-12 team championship next weekend.
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CALIFORNIA's Tyler Brendel placed third with 7,413 points, while Oliver (7,394) and Buffs' teammate Andrew Ghizzone (6,925) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to secure nine points for CU's team total.
The 2017 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships continue next Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14, at historic Hayward Field in Eugene.
For the first time in history, the final day of the Championships will be broadcast live. Coverage of the event will air on Sunday, May 14 starting at 3 p.m. PT/4 p.m. MT across Pac-12 Network, all regional channels and Pac-12 Now. Paul Sunderland (1984 Olympian), Tom Feuer (Emmy Award-winning Olympics producer), Jordan Kent (four-time track All-American at Oregon) and Jill Savage will cover the action.
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