Johnson Sets Two School Record while Winning Heptathlon in Tucson

April 4, 2008

TUCSON, Ariz. - Jacquelyn Johnson broke a pair of school records and automatically qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships later this year as the senior member of the Arizona State University track and field team won the heptathlon at the Jim Click Combined Events meet in Tucson, Ariz., Friday. Johnson won all seven individual events in the competition to secure the victory in her first outdoor multi of the season.

Johnson edged former record-holder Gea Johnson by eight points as the former Johnson scored 6,135 points in 1990 to establish the ASU mark and, at the time, the Pac-10 record. Johnson, who scored 3,615 points on the first day of competition, opened the day with 874 points in the long jump as she collected a mark of 6.08m. Johnson then bettered her own school record set last week in the javelin with her toss of 46.45m to earn another 791 points. The final event, the 800m run, saw Johnson cross the line in 2:17.11 to earn 863 points.

In the men's decathlon, Kyle Hitchcock scored 5,870 points to place sixth in the 10-event contest, scoring 2,643 points in the final five events of the meet. Hitchcock opened day two with a time of 16.76 in the 110m hurdles to earn 650 points and finish sixth in the race before hitting a toss of 36.21m for 588 points and a third-place finish in the discus. From there, he cleared 3.40m in the pole vault for 456 points before heaving the javelin 46.94m to collect another 543 points. In the final event, the 1,500m run, Hitchcock clocked in at 5:28.84 to score 405 points.

As a team, the Sun Devils will compete in the Jim Click Shootout Saturday in Tucson with representatives from ASU, Arizona, Georgia and Nebraska set to compete.

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