Conrad Takes 5th in Heptathlon at Roger Cox Multis

Jan. 26, 2007

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - California junior Steven Conrad claimed fifth place and senior Jonas Hallgrimsson was 11th in the men's indoor heptathlon while sophomore teammate Tifani Grimes took 10th place in the women's indoor heptathlon at the completed Roger Cox Multis on Friday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

The Dan DeHart Invitational, also at the Albuquerque Convention Center, began at 6 p.m. MT.

Conrad collected 5,259 points and Hallgrimsson scored 4,845 in the heptathlon, which also included freshman teammate Kyle Mills-Bunje. The latter did not place, as he pulled out of today's pole vault competition. Grimes had 3,427 points in the pentathlon.

Entering the day, Conrad was in eighth place in the heptathlon, but the Grass Valley, Calif., standout made up ground in today's final three events: The 60-meter hurdles (7th, 8.50 seconds), pole vault (tied for 5th with Hallgrimsson, 14-09.00, 4.50 meters) and 1,000-meter run (2nd, 2:51.46).

Texas' Donovan Kilmartin, the defending NCAA champion, won the heptathlon with 5,700 points. That total is an automatic NCAA qualifying mark and the top score in the nation to date.

Hallgrimsson moved up two spots from 13th place at the end of yesterday's events. Besides his fifth-place tie with Conrad in the pole vault, Hallgrimsson was 12th in the 60-meter hurdles (8.84) and 11th in the 1000 (3:05.24).

Mills-Bunje was 11th in the 60-meter hurdles (8.82) and 14th in the 1000 (3:07.98).

Grimes' best performance came in the high jump, in which she tied Cal Poly's Danielle Ayers-Stamper for the best mark with a 5-07.00 (1.70 meters). Grimes opened the pentathlon with an eighth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (9.17 seconds) and later had 11th-place finishes in the shot put (34-06.75, 10.53 meters), long jump (16-10.00, 5.13) and 800-meter run (2:43.10).

Colorado State's Katie Lloyd won the pentathlon with an NCAA provisional qualifying total of 3,929 points.

Roger Cox Multis
Cal Final Results

Men's Heptathlon
5. Steven Conrad (5,259 points). 11. Jonas Hallgrimsson (4,845). DNF Kyle Mills-Bunje.

Women's Pentathlon
10. Tifani Grimes (3,427 points).

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