Cougar Trio Score at Pac-10 Combined Events Championships
May 9, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Washington State's Kyle Schauble, Angela Jensen and Jasmine Johnson-McKeown reached lifetime-best marks Sunday as all three scored for the Cougar track and field teams at the Pacific-10 Conference Combined Events Championships Meet at Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field in Berkeley.
Schauble, a senior from Kennewick, Wash., took sixth place in the decathlon with a PR total of 6,899 points, and was only 10 points from fifth place. Ashton Eaton, Oregon, won the decathlon with 8,154 points with his non-wind-aided lifetime best total. Cougar freshman Ramsey Hopkins dropped out of the competition Saturday after injuring his hamstring in the high jump.
Jensen, a junior from Tacoma, finished sixth in the heptathlon with a PR total of 5,017 points, and Johnson-McKeown, a freshman from San Bernardino, took seventh place with a PR total of 4,962 points. Oregon's Brianne Theisen won the heptathlon with 5,917 points.
Schauble was in eighth place after the first day's five events. Sunday he ran the 110m hurdles in a time of 14.91 seconds, threw the discus 103-feet, 4 inches (31.51m), pole vaulted a PR height of 14-3 1/4 (4.35m), threw the javelin 174-3 (53.12m), and ran the 1500m in a PR time of 4-minutes, 28.02 seconds. Unfortunately the NCAA Provisional mark for the decathlon is 6,900 points so Schauble missed that standard by one point.
Both Cougar women maintained their first day heptathlon places. Sunday Jensen long jumped 17-2 1/4 (5.24m), threw the javelin 114-11 (35.04m), and ran the 800m in a PR time of 2:24.46, a four-second improvement. Johnson-McKeown long jumped 16-8 (5.08m), threw the javelin 121-0 (36.89m), and ran the 800m in a PR time of 2:25.48 which is nearly six seconds off her previous best.
For Schauble and Jensen, this marked their first time scoring in the combined events at the Pac-10 Championships in three tries. Jensen had three PRs in the seven events of the heptathlon and Schauble, whose career has been plagued by injuries, reached PRs in three of the 10 events of the decathlon.
'Today was a solid day with good performances all the way through,' WSU Head Coach and multi-events coach Rick Sloan said. 'Kyle had a good two days of work and competed well. He was solid in eight of his 10 events. Overall, it was a good, competitive decathlon. In the heptathlon, a headwind played havoc with women's ability to hit the take-off board so we were a little behind the eight ball to begin the day Sunday. Both Jasmine and Angela threw the javelin well and so that moved them into a good location going into the final event. In the 800, they needed to run well and they both ran big PRs. I was really happy with how the women progressed through the competition today.'
Schauble's sixth place gave the WSU men 3 points which is fifth in men's team standings. Jensen's sixth place and Johnson-McKeown's seventh place gave the Cougar women 5 points which is fourth in the women's team standings.
Schauble, Jensen and Johnson-McKeown will join other Cougars at the Pac-10 Track & Field Championships Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16, in Berkeley.