Husky Heptathletes Make History at California Invite

April 13, 2006


AZUSA, Calif. - Redshirt freshmen Liz Fuller and Kaisa Keranen made history at the California Invitational this week, each recording scores among the top-10 in UW history in the two-day heptathlon, which concluded Thursday. Three UW decathletes also competed at the meet, held on the campus of Azusa Pacific University; their scores will be updated as soon as results are made available.

Competing in just the second heptathlon of her collegiate career, Fuller finished with 4,805 points -- nearly eclipsing UW's freshman record of 4,891 set by Angie Tasker in 1987. Still, the mark was a 400-point personal best and was the fifth-best in UW history, bettered in the last decade only by NCAA Championships competitor Grace Vela in 2004.

In eighth place through four events on Wednesday, the Vancouver, Wash., native combined personal-best marks in the long jump (18 feet, 4 ½ inches) and 800-meter run (2:37.52) with a near-personal best in the javelin (109-6) to surge to sixth in the final standings, just over 300 points behind winner Bettie Wade of Michigan (5,147).

Keranen, meanwhile, scored the eighth-highest heptathlon total in UW history in her collegiate debut in the event, her 4,469 points good for 13th in the field of 27 collegiate competitors. Keranen climbed from 21st after one day of competition with solid marks in the long jump (17-3 ¼) and 800 meters (2:36.18) and a fifth-place finish in the javelin (119-0).

With their scores, Fuller and Keranen become just the second and third Husky women to top the 4,000-point mark in the event since 1997, and the first teammates to do so in the same year since Janie Vermeere and school-record holder Sonja Forster accomplished the feat in 1992.

In addition to Thursday's multi-event competition at Azusa Pacific University, three UW pole vaulters were in action in early flights of the Mt. SAC Relays. As with the results of the California Invitational decathlon, those events will be recapped upon the event's conclusion.

For complete results from the California Invitational heptathlon, and the first posting of decathlon results, visit

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