Ali And Woods Shine In First Day Of Multi-Events Championships
May 9, 2008
Sophomore Nia Ali led the Trojans with a total of 3,606 points good for second place in the first day of competition at the Pac-10 Multi-Events Championships held today (May 9) at Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium on the Arizona State campus in Tempe, Ariz.
The action began with the 100m hurdles and USC's Ali stole the show with a PR of 13.14 which ranks tied for fouth all-time by a Trojan female. Ali earned 1,103 points to take the early lead over Arizona State's three-time NCAA heptathlon champion Jacquelyn Johnson, who placed second with a time of 13.21, good for 1,093 points. Woods placed third with a time of 13.90 to earn 993 points and Oman took 11th with a time of 14.76 for 874 points.
The next event was the high jump and again Ali set a PR with a jump of 5-8 3/4 (1.75m) to earn 916 points. She placed tied for third in the high jump to earn 916 points and fell into second place overall, 65 points behind Johnson after two events. Woods and Oman tied for 10th in the high jump with a clearance at 5-5 1/4 (1.66m) to earn 806 points. Woods stood in sixth place and Oman 10th after the first two events.
The shot put was the third event and it was the lowest-scoring competition for the Trojans. Ali placed 10th with a mark of 36-4 3/4 (11.09m) for 601 points, Woods 15th with a throw of 34-0 (10.36m) and Oman 17th with a put of 32-2 3/4 (9.82m). After three events, Ali was in second place with 2620 points, Woods in seventh with 2352 points and Oman in 13th with 2198 points.
The final event of the day was the 200m dash and again Ali was the winner with a PR of 23.94 to earn 986 points. Woods placed third in the 200m dash with a season-best time of 24.22 to gain 960 points. Oman 13th in the event with a time of 26.45 to snatch 758 points.
ASU's Johnson has a 85 point lead over Ali after the first day, while Woods who is in fifth is just 57 points behind Oregon's Brianne Theisen who stands in third. Oman is is 11th place after four events, 152 points out of the eight and final scoring position. Woods is 10 points ahead of her pace last season when she placed fifth at the 2007 Pac-10 Multi-Events Championships. Oman is 18 points ahead of last year's first day total, but had three fouls in the javelin in 2007 to finish 13th. Ali, a transfer from Tennessee, won the 2007 SEC Multi-Events Championships and has 136 more points than she did in the first day of competition at that meet.
The final three events in the competition, the long jump, javelin throw and 800m race will be staged tomorrow.
As in all of the 21 events in the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships, scoring will be 10 points for first place, eight points for second place, six points for third place, five points for fourth place, four points for fifth place, three points for sixth place, two points for seventh place and one point for eighth place. The points earned in this weekend's competition will carry over to the team scores for next week's Pac-10 Track and Field Championships hosted by Arizona State.