Track Quartet Score Personal Bests in Pac-10 Dec/Hep

May 12, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Duck men and women finished strong in final day action in the Pacific-10 Conference Championships combined events, paced by All-American and redshirt senior Billy Pappas and senior Jenny Kenyon.

Pappas notched Oregon's second straight conference decathlon win (7,532) after Santiago Lorenzo's title in 2001 (7,617), while his 44-point personal best also marked his first-ever NCAA automatic mark for the Ducks. The third-year Duck missed climbing the Oregon all-time list by only seven points from his current ninth-place ranking, and also claimed the Ducks' ninth conference win in the event dating back to their first win by Craig Brigham in 1973. Pappas' effort ranked even more impressive considering he resumed training less than two months ago after a vertebrae stress fracture held him out in February and most of March.

Pappas' second-day marks Sunday were 14.80 in the 110 hurdles (w:+1.7 mps), 133-11 in the discus, 15-5 (personal best) in the pole vault, 195-11 (personal best) in the javelin, and a 4:48.17 1,500 clocking.

In prior Pac-10 decathlons, the Azalea, Ore., native claimed third in 2001 (then-PR, 7,342) and fourth in 2000 (then-PR, 7,184). Last year he ended the collegiate season with a personal best of 7,488 points in the NCAA Championships in Eugene after entering the competition seeded 16th based on his prior season best and Pac-10 tally.

Also Sunday, redshirt juniors Jason Slye and Jake Horner added personal bests of 6,996 (fifth) and 6,587 (ninth) with Slye netting his first conference decathlon points and Horner making his 10-event debut. Slye posted second-day efforts of 15.00 in the 110 hurdles (+1.7w), 110-6 in the discus, 16-4 3/4 in the pole vault, 145-9 in the javelin and 4:44.79 in the 1,500. Horner added marks Sunday of 17.06 in the 110 hurdles (w:+0.5), 116-3 in the discus, 12-1 1/2 in the pole vault, 146-11 in the javelin and 4:40.39 in the 1,500.

Slye improved from a ninth-place Pac-10 finish last season (6,677) and a personal best from April's Mt. SAC Relays (6,786).

The trio continued their momentum from a strong first day as Pappas led the group with opening marks of 23-0 3/4 (long jump, season best), 11.52 (100), 44-11 1/2 (shot put), 6-4 1/4 (high jump) and 51.04 (400, season best). Horner made his decathlon debut and posted marks of 11.54 (100), 21-3 1/4 (long jump), 36-1 1/4 (shot put), 6-9 (high jump) and 49.68 (400). Slye's marks were 11.33 (100), 21-2 (long jump), 37-1 (shot put), 5-11 1/2 (high jump), and 49.9 (400).

Overall in the event's final standings, Pappas made up a 37-point halfway deficit to first-day leader Russell Silvers of USC who ended second (7,254), followed by Steve Dwyer of WSU (third, 7,197), Shelton Davis of USC (fourth, 7,122) and the Ducks' Slye (fifth, 6,996).

On the women's side, senior Jenny Kenyon took fifth Sunday in the heptathlon final standings (5,169) for her fourth conference heptathlon scoring honor and only six points shy of the NCAA provisional (7,150). The Newbury Park, Calif., native claimed second-day marks of 18-0 1/2 in the long jump (season best), 95-5 in the javelin and a personal best 2:17.07 in the 800.

'Jenny had a great second day and meet,' assistant coach Mark Stream said. 'It was a great competition and she really stepped up with a big PR, although it's a little disappointing in that she was close to an NCAA mark. She probably needed a mark of 5,250 points for an actual NCAA invite and she was right there.'

Seeded sixth entering the meet based on prior season bests, Kenyon reaped a 123-point personal best over her prior best of 5,046 points from 2001, and her weekend score also stood as a 302-point season best in 2002 from April's Mt. SAC Relays (4,867).

Her first-day score of 3,146 points featured marks of 14.46 in the 100 hurdles, 5-5 in the high jump, 35-8 in the shot put, and 25.41 in the 200. Her hurdles mark was a heptathlon personal best, her 200 was a season best, and her high jump effort was a career personal best.

Kenyon also posted top-six finishes in her prior Pac-10 appearances in 2001 (fifth, 4,911), 2000 (fourth, 5,032) and 1999 (sixth, 4,432).

Overall in the final heptathlon standings, WSU's Ellannee Richardson won her second straight Pac-10 title (5,821), beating 2000 champ Missy Vanek of Cal Missy Vanek of Cal (second, 5,498), Cougar teammate Cicely Clinkenbeard (third, 5,456), Shawn Adkins of Cal (fourth, 5,259) and Kenyon (fifth, 5,169).

In the team races, the Duck men are tied with USC for the conference finale lead after one event with 14 points, followed by Washington State (third, 6), Cal (fourth, 3) and UCLA (fifth, 2). On the women's side, host Washington State paces the field with 16 points, ahead of Cal (second, 13), Stanford and Oregon (third-tie, 4) and USC (fifth, 2).

Looking ahead to next weekend's final week of action in the conference championships, Pappas could compete in the long jump (23-0 3/4) or 110 hurdles (14.70w), and Horner and Slye are qualified in the high jump (6-10) and pole vault (17-0 3/4), respectively. On the women's side, Kenyon is a likely 100 hurdle entrant (14.25) and could add duty on either relay. The meet is scheduled for Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19 in Pullman, Wash., with more meet information at the web site.


Pacific-10 Conference Championships Heptathlon/Decathlon
Mooberry Track and Field Stadium
Pullman, Wash.
Sunday, May 12, 2002

Decathlon - 1, Billy Pappas, Oregon, 7,532. 2, Russell Silvers, USC, 7,254. 3, Steve Dwyer, WSU, 7,197. 4, Shelton Davis, USC, 7,122. 5, Jason Slye, Oregon, 6,996. 6, Jason Gatewood, Cal, 6,809. 7, Octavius Gillespie, UCLA, 6,765. 8, Anthony Agbasi, USC, 6,723. 9, Jake Horner, Oregon, 6,587. 10, Andrew Phillips, UCLA, 6,464. 11, Ryan Tell Hendren, USC, 6,006.

Heptathlon - 1, Ellanne Richardson, WSU, 5,821. 2, Missy Vanek, Cal, 5,498. 3, Cicely Clinkenbeard, WSU, 5,456. 4, Shawn Adkins, Cal, 5,259. 5, Jenny Kenyon, Oregon, 5,169. 6, Lillian Bush, Stanford, 5,117. 7, Spring Harris, USC, 4,790. 8, Ahimsa Hodari, Stanford, 4,625. 9, Amanda Underwood, Arizona, 4,230. 10, Chanel Young, USC, 3,797.

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