Lorenzo Leads Decathletes in Indoor Opener

Jan. 26, 2001

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The University of Oregon men's track and field team started action Friday at the University of Northern Iowa Invitational with the first four events of a seven-event men's heptathlon.

All-American junior Santiago Lorenzo leads the Ducks and ranks second overall with 3,039 points. Junior Billy Pappas ranks fifth with 2,908 points, and sophomore Jason Slye is seventh with 2,599 points. Joey Woody, one of the nation's top post-collegiate 400 hurdlers, leads the competition with a score of 3,092 points.

'Overall we did a great job,' Oregon decathlon coach Bill Lawson said. 'The only event we didn't do well in was the high jump, but that's fine because it's early in the season. The guys did a good job, and I'm pretty happy.'

Lorenzo's first day marks were 7.23 in the 60 meters, 23-9 (7.42m) in the long jump, 43-2 (13.15m) in the shot put and 6-1 in the high jump. Pappas recorded first-day efforts of 7.29 in the 60, 23-1 (7.03m) in the long jump, 43-3 (13.17m) in the shot put, and 5-11 in the high jump. In his first-ever multi- for the Ducks, Slye registered efforts of 7.17 in the 60, 21-0 1/2 (6.41m) in the long jump, 36-7 (11.15m) in the shot put and 5-7 in the high jump.

Two Ducks won individual sections of the heptathlon - Slye in the 60 (7.17) and Lorenzo in the long jump (23-9).

The Ducks return to action Saturday for the final day of the heptathlon, while several others will compete in individual events.


University of Northern Iowa Invitational
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Friday, January 26, 2001

Men's Heptathlon Overall Scores - 1, Joey Woody, New Balance, 3,049 points. 2, Santiago Lorenzo, 3,039. 3, Casey Thom, Nebraska, 2,965. 4, Travis Gifford, Unat., 2,940. 5, Billy Pappas, Oregon, 2,908. 6, Chris Richardson, Nebraska, 2,628. 7, Jason Slye, Oregon, 2,599. 8, Kyle Herman, UNI, 2545.

Oregon Men's Heptathlon Marks Event-by-Event

60m - Jason Slye, 7.17. Billy Pappas, 7.29. Santiago Lorenzo, 7.23.

Long Jump - Santiago Lorenzo, 7.24m 23-9. Billy Pappas, 7.03m 23-1. Jason Slye, 6.41m 21-0 1/2.

Shot Put - Santiago Lorenzo, 13.15 43-2. Billy Pappas, 13.17 43-3. Jason Slye, 11.15 36-7.

High Jump - Santiago Lorenzo, 6-1. Billy Pappas, 5-11. Jason Slye, 5-7.

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