Richardson, Evans Top Pac-10 Heptathlon Final, Dwyer Places Fourth in Decathlon

May 13, 2001

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Washington State's Ellannee Richardson and Whitney Evans finished one-two in the heptathlon and Steve Dwyer was fourth in the decathlon at the Pacific-10 Conference Multi-Events Championship completed Sunday at Edwards Stadium on the California-Berkeley campus.

Richardson, from Gladstone, Ore., won the two-day, seven-event competition with a season-best 5,578 points. Evans, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, was the first-day leader and was still in the lead by 12 points after the long jump and javelin competitions. But Richardson won the 800m run and surpassed her WSU teammate by 32 points, leaving Evans in second place with 5,546 points. Richardson's score was an NCAA Automatic Qualifier while Evans missed the AQ by four points but both will compete at the NCAA Div. Outdoor Championships, May 30-June 2, at Eugene, Ore. Both Cougar women are redshirt sophomores and both were All-American heptathletes during their 1999 freshmen seasons.

Richardson long jumped 5.72m/18-feet, 9 1/4 inches and then won the javelin with a lifetime-best throw of 43.64m/143-2 on her second throw. She captured the conference title with her wire-to-wire 2:16.58 win in the 800m.

Evans reached 5.64m/18-6 in the long jump and threw a lifetime-best 39.60m/129-11 in the javelin on her second attempt. She ran the 800m in 2:19.75.

'I didn't do very well my first day but I think I came back out here and did a lot better today,' Richardson said. 'I was happy with my performance. I was out with a back injury last year so I redshirted. This is my second hep of the year and I improved from the one I did earlier this year. There's no doubt about that. I was happy to be out here competing again.

'We (Evans and Richardson) both knew it was going to be close and it was going to come down to the 800m. We were going to have to battle it out.'

The one-two finish in the heptathlon gives WSU the lead with 18 team points going into next weekend's championship meet at the same Berkeley site.

'I'm very proud of the effort they put in and how strong they were competitively,' Cougar coach Rick Sloan said. 'They both competed very, very well.'

Dwyer, a junior from Redmond, Wash., finished in fourth place with a lifetime-best and NCAA Provisional Qualifying total of 7,169 points. Oregon's Santiago Lorenzo won the decathlon with 7,617 points, followed by Jason Goff of Stanford (7,428) and Billy Pappas, Oregon (7,342).

In the 110m hurdles, Dwyer clocked in with a wind-aided PR of 14.71 seconds. He also tallied lifetime-bests in the discus with a throw of 37.36m/122-7, and clearing the pole vault at 4.55m/14-11. Dwyer's javelin throw reached 48.46m/159-0 and he ran the 1500m run in 4:59.66.

Dwyer's fourth place finish gave the Cougar men five points in team standings. Oregon leads with 16 points.

'Steve had a marvelous second day and was strong all the way through,' Sloan said. 'The hurdles was the best race I've ever seen him run - smooth, rhythmic and just looked fanstastic. He struggled finding his rhythm in the discus but did a good job of managing the event. He wound up jumping a lifetime-best in the pole vault with a nice clearance and was still in second place in the competition but took 17 attempts, not counting warm-ups. He made good corrections in the javelin but fell back to fourth place. Steve lost some level of conditioning because of the injuries he's had and was dead going into the 1500m. Had he run what he normally does in the 1500m, Steve would have scored an automatic mark and gotten into the NCAA Championships. But he just didn't have enough energy left.

'All three did a marvelous job and gave the teams a good jump start going into next weekend.'

The Pac-10 Track and Field Championships continue Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. and conclude Sunday, May 20, at 4:30 p.m., at Cal's Edwards Stadium.

Pac-10 Multi-Events ChampionshipsSunday, May 13, Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.Heptathlon Results (final)1. Ellannee Richardson, WSU 5,5782. Whitney Evans, WSU 5,5463. Julie Tinker, Stanford 5,4324. Shawna Adkins, Cal 5,0505. Jenny Kenyon, Oregon 4,9116. Ann Sullivan, Oregon 4,8747. Spring Harris, USC 4,8558. Lillian Bush, Stanford 4,8119. Elizabeth Arollo, ASU 4,327

Decathlon Results (final)1. Santiago Lorenzo, Oregon 7,6172. Jason Goff, Stanford 7,4283. Billy Pappas, Oregon 7,3424. Steve Dwyer, WSU 7,1695. Russell Silvers, USC 7,1186. Matt Blair, Cal 7,0997. Casy Thompson, USC 6,8768. Ryan Hendren, USC 6,6969. Jason Slye, Oregon 6,63110. Kyle Frerichs, ASU 6,506

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