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Uzoekwe, Vollmer Take Day One Leads

Apr 13, 2022

AZUSA, Calif. – Colleen Uzoekwe and Max Vollmer lead their individual groups in the heptathlon and decathlon, respectively, at the end of day one at the Bryan Clay Invitational. In the first multi-events competition of her career, Uzoekwe tallied 3,368 points through the first four events to lead Group B.
 
Vollmer, the two-time defending Pac-12 champion in the decathlon, sits atop the Group A standings with 4,236 points. Day two of the Ducks' schedule in Azusa begins at 11 a.m. with the heptathlon long jump. The decathlon ramps back up at 1 p.m. with the 110-meter hurdles.
 
Between the seven Ducks in the field—three women, four men—the group recorded 17 lifetime bests on day one.
 
Uzoekwe leads a 1-2-6 UO standing in Group B of the heptathlon followed by teammates Taylor Chocek and Gianna Bullock, respectively. Uzoekwe holds a 30-point lead over Chocek (3,338 points) and Bullock checks in with 3,129 points through the first four events.
 
Each recorded at least two lifetime bests Wednesday including a trio of PR efforts in the shot put led by Uzoekwe's measure of 13.44m/44-1.25 in the third round. The Portland, Ore., native also had personal bests in the 100-meter hurdles (14.46) and high jump (1.67m/5-5.75).
 
Chocek tied Uzoekwe in the high jump for her first PR of the day and followed with an opening round in the shot put of 13.00m/42-8, nearly two feet past her previous best established earlier this month at the Hayward Premiere.
 
Competing in her first collegiate heptathlon, Bullock closed the day with lifetime bests in the shot put (12.01m/39-5) and 200 meters (25.51), which is just off her all-conditions best of 25.43 (+2.5) from the season-opening SDSU Aztec Invitational.
 
Each recorded at least two lifetime bests through the first four events of the two-day competition.
 
Vollmer opened his day with a 10.74 in the 100 meters, just .01 off his PR set at the Hayward Premiere. He went on to establish an all-conditions best in the long jump with a mark of 7.17m/23-6.25 (+3.4) and closed the day with outdoor bests in the high jump (1.94m/6-4.25) and 400 meters (47.84).
 
Also competing in Group A, teammate Jett Kinder collected a wind-legal best in the 100 meters (11.36) and followed with another PR, posting an effort of 7.13m/23-4.75 in the long jump. He had a clearance of 1.97m/6-5.5 in the high jump and added a third PR of 53.21 in the 400 meters to close out his day. Kinder sits in fifth with 3,798 points.
 
In Group B, Nathan Poff recorded lifetime bests in the long jump, high jump and shot put to go along with an opening time of 11.11 (-1.5) in the 100 meters, just .02 off his PR in that event. Through five events, Poff is third in the group with 3,855 points.
 
Arthur Katahdin, in his first collegiate decathlon, ended day one with 3,552 points which is good for sixth place in Group B. He was one of six to dip under 11 seconds across all three groups, crossing the finish line in 10.97 to start the day with 867 points. The Milwaukie, Ore., native added another top-five group finish with a time of 50.21 in the 400 meters.
 
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Wednesday Results
DecathlonGroup A
1. Max Vollmer – 4,236 points
              2. 100 meters – 10.74 [919 points]
              4. Long jump – 7.17m/23-6.25w (+3.4) [854]
              2. Shot put – 15.12m/49-7.25 [797]
              5. High jump – 1.94m/6-4.25 (PR) [749]
              2. 400 meters – 47.84 (PR) [917]
5. Jett Kinder – 3,798 points
              11. 100 meters – 11.36 (PR) [782 points]
              5. Long jump – 7.13m/23-4.75 (PR) [845]
              3. Shot put – 13.89m/45-7 [722]
              3. High jump – 1.97m/6-5.5 [776]
              12. 400 meters – 53.21 (PR) [673]
 
DecathlonGroup B
3. Nathan Poff – 3,855 points
              4. 100 meters – 11.11 (-1.5) [836 points]
              4. Long jump – 6.92m/22-8.5 (PR) [795]
              5. Shot put – 12.80m/42-0 (PR) [655]
              4. High jump – 1.91m/6-3.25 (PR) [723]
              3. 400 meters – 49.32 [846]
6. Arthur Katahdin – 3,552 points
              3. 100 meters – 10.97 (PR) [867 points]
              12. Long jump – 6.10m/20-0.25 [608]
              7. Shot put – 12.35m/40-6.25 [628]
              8. High jump – 1.82m/5-11.5 [644]
              5. 400 meters – 50.21 [805]
 
HeptathlonGroup B
1. Colleen Uzoekwe – 3,368 points
              4. 100m hurdles – 14.46 (PR) [914 points]
              2. High jump – 1.67m/5-5.75 (PR) [818]
              1. Shot put – 13.44m/44-1.25 (PR) [757]
              3. 200 meters – 25.08 [879]
2. Taylor Chocek – 3,338 points
              3. 100m hurdles – 14.31 [935 points]
              2. High jump – 1.67m/5-5.75 (PR) [818]
              2. Shot put – 13.00m/42-8 (PR) [727]
              5. 200 meters – 25.32 [858]
6. Gianna Bullock – 3,129 points
              8. 100m hurdles – 14.72 [879 points]
              6. High jump – 1.61m/5-3.25 [747]
              5. Shot put – 12.01m/39-5 (PR) [662]
              9. 200 meters – 25.51 (PR) [841]
 
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