Ali And Woods Shine On First Day Of Pac-10 Multi-Events Championships

May 9, 2009

EUGENE, ORE. - Junior Nia Ali led the Trojans with a total of 3,562 points good for second place in the first day of competition at the Pac-10 Multi-Events Championships today (May 9) held at Hayward Stadium on the Oregon campus in Eugene, Ore.

The action began with the 100m hurdles and USC's Ali posted the fastest time of 13.56 to earn 1,041 points. Oregon's Brianne Theisen, who came into the meet with the Pac-10's best total of 5,643 points in the heptathlon, was second to Ali in her heat with a time of 13.86 to earn 998 points. Shana Woods ran a season-best 13.84 to finish third overall in the event and earn 1,001 points.

The next event was the high jump and Ali, who had a PR of 5-10- 3/4 last weekend, cleared the bar at 5-8 3/4 (1.75m) to earn 916 points. Theisen won this event with a jump of 5-10 3/4 to gain 953 points. Woods cleared 5-4 1/4 (1.63m) just off her season best to earn 771 points. After two events, Ali led with 1,957 points, Theisen was second with 1,951 points, Whitney Liehr of Stanford was third with 1,870 points, Ryanne Krais of UCLA was fourth with 1,811 points, Kalindra McFadden of Oregon was fifth with 1,791 points and Woods sixth with 1,772 points.

Ali then came back to win the shot put with a mark of 42-4 3/4 (12.92m) which was more than two feet shorter than her best marks this season, but good for 722 points. Theisen was sixth at 39-0 1/4 to earn 654 points to remain in second, but fall 74 points behind Ali after three events with just the 200m dash left on the first day. Woods had a shot put of 33-8 (10.26m) to finish eighth and earn 546 points. After three events, Ali remained in the lead with 2,679 points and Woods dropped into seventh with 2,318 points.

The 200m race wasn't too kind for Ali, but teammate Woods won the event with a PR of 23.86 to gain 994 points and vault into fifth place after the first day with 3,312 points. Ali finished fifth in the 200m dash with a time of 25.04 to earn 883 points. Theisen had the second-fastest 200m time of 24.02 to gain 979 points and finish the first day with 3,584 points, 22 more than Ali who fell into second place. McFadden ended the day in third place with 3,424 points, while Krais stands fourth with 3,387 points.

Woods' total and fifth place standing is the exact same score and place she was in at the 2008 Pac-10 Multi-Events Championships when she came back to score 2,162 points on the second day and finish in third. That finish was the highest by a Trojan since Nicole Haynes won the event with a two-day total of 5,786 points, still second all-time by a Trojan. Ali had 3,606 points after the first day last season, but withdrew from the competition with soreness in her hamstring.

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 Oregon.

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