UA Athletes 7th After Day One

May 10, 2009

The 2009 Pac-10 Conference Championships kicked off Saturday on Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. as two UA athletes looked to score some points for their team while also bring home their own individual conference titles in the Combined Event Championships which take place the week before the big meet.  Senior Shevell Quinely and sophomore Chris McGovern both find themselves in seventh place after the first day of events.

McGovern set two personal records in the decathlon on the day in both the high jump and 400-meter dash and also set a season's best time for a multi-event in the 100-meters.  McGovern's mark of 1.86m (6-1 1/4) was good for first place in the event and was a couple inches better than his previous best.  He followed that by running a personal best of 51.98 in the final event of the day in the 400-meters which was good for sixth place among all athletes.

The performace on the first day sets McGovern up well heading into day two, a day where he has consistantly had stronger performances throughout the season including his premier event in the pole vault.

In the heptathlon, All-American Shevell Quinley currently sits seventh place, but only around 400 points out of the leader position.  That 400 points is very small in an event where inches and fractions of a second make all the difference and with a couple strong performances on the second day, Quinley can find her way right back into the thick of things.

Quinley set an all-time personal best in the shot put with a mark of 12.10m (39-8 1/2), good for third place overall.  Quinley is a strong performer in the javelin and long jump, two of the final three events during tomorrow's second day of competition.  That, too, should bode well for the senior looking to tally a fourth All-American title to her illustrious career as a Wildcat.

Events will kick back off tomorrow afternoon with the men finishing up with the 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500-meters while the women wrap up with the long jump, javelin and 800-meters.

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