Richardson Leads Pac-10 Heptathlon After First Day

May 11, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State's Ellannee Richardson is leading the heptathlon and Cicely Clinkenbeard is fifth while Steve Dwyer holds fifth place in the decathlon after the first day's events at the Pacific-10 Conference Track & Field Championships Combined Events at Mooberry Track on the WSU Pullman campus.

Richardson, a redshirt junior from Gladstone, Ore., reached a personal-best first day total of 3,373 points for first place after four events. Richardson, the defending Pac-10 heptathlon champion and a two-time All-American in this event, had the top times of the day in the 100m hurdles (13.98 seconds) and 200m dash (24.41). She was tied for first in the high jump with a lifetime-best clearance of 5-feet, 7 1/4 inches (1.71m) but had a disappointing sixth in the shot put with a toss of 34-6 3/4 (10.53m).

Clinkenbeard, a senior from Okanogan, finished the first day with 3,101 points, fifth among the ten women competing. Missy Vanek, California, is second with 3,215 points, followed by Oregon's Jenny Kenyon in third with 3,146 points and Cal's Shawna Adkins fourth with 3,111 points after the first four events of the heptathlon. Sixth through tenth place holders are: Lillian Bush, Stanford (2,992), Spring Harris, USC (2,984), Ahimsa Hodari, Stanford (2,704), Amanda Underwood, Arizona (2,688), and Chanel Young, USC (2,378).

Clinkenbeard began her day with personal-bests in the 100m high hurdles (14.67) and in the high jump as she cleared a height of 5-5 (1.62m). She had a season-best toss of 36-7 1/2 (11.16m) in the shot put, and ran the 200m dash in 25.40, second fastest time of the day.

Dwyer, a senior from Redmond, Wash., scored 3,656 points in the first five events. Russell Silvers, USC, leads the 11 men with 3,832 points while Oregon's Billy Pappas is second with 3,795 points, Shelton Davis, USC, third with 3,743 points, and Jake Horner, Oregon, fourth with 3,671 points. Sixth through 11th are: Anthony Agbasi, USC (3,634), Jason Gatewood, Cal (3,573), Octavius Gillespie, UCLA (3,571), Jason Slye, Oregon (3,542), Andrew Phillips, UCLA (3,288), and Ryan Tell Hendren, USC (3,126).

Dwyer ran the 100m dash in 11.26 seconds, equaled his lifetime best in the long jump at 22-3 1/2 (6.79m), threw the shot put 37-1 3/4 (11.32m), high jumped 6-5 1/2 (1.97m), and ran the 400m dash in a disappointing 51.49 seconds.

Silvers had the top times on the track (100m and 400m dashes) Saturday while Pappas won both the long jump and shot put. Horner high jumped 6-9 to claim that event.

The Pac-10 Combined Events competition concludes Sunday with the first event beginning at 11 a.m. The women will long jump, throw the javelin and run 800m. Second-day events for the men are the 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and the 1500m run.

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