Ducks Have Great Day at Pac-10 Championships

Oregon's Ashton Eaton took the first day lead of the Pac-10 Championship Decathlon (4069) with a good performance in most events except for the long jump. Since the Sacramento State Nike Elite meet (two-day total of 7792) his long jump has been off by two feet.

In comparison to the Nike Elite meet Eaton is 146 points short. His main competition, second place Ricky Moody of Washington State (4030) was off in a few events and is 126 points short of his best mark from the Texas Relays (7787). As of right now Ricky Moody is the favorite to win. Some of this performance issue for both competitors is due to the 91 degree heat at Tempe, Arizona.

Alexey Schkuratov is in fourth place with 3616 points, 154 points short of his last fully completed ten event performance at the 2006 Pac-10 meet (6720 personal record "pr"). Marshall Ackley is in sixth place with 3,500 points, a whopping 283 points better than his previous best (6356).

Personal Records were recorded in the 100 (11.31), a 22 inch pr in the long jump (21-4 ¼), a slight improvement in the 400 (50.25) and was just off his bests in the Shot Put and High Jump but almost a foot better in the shot put than his decathlon pr and six inches in the high jump.

On the women's side, six-time NCAA champion Jacquelyn Johnson is the early leader with 3691 points and keeping close to her throughout the first day, in just her second heptathlon ever, transfer Sophomore Nia Ali of USC.

Last year, in her first heptathlon, she won the SEC Heptathlon championship with 5490 points. Her first day total of 3606 is 136 points better than her first day performance a year ago. Also having a great first day was Briane Thiesen had a great first day to move into third place at 3369 points (117 points better than her personal record) with two personal bests (14.21 in the 100 hurdles and 38-3 ¼ in the Shot Put) and an equal-personal best in the high jump (5-8 ¾).

Kalindra McFadden, finished the first day in tenth with 3029 points, has not done well in the heat in the past. She has struggled in the heat and is 136 points short of her season best performance at the Mt SAC relays where she had a two-day total of 5420. Erin Funkhouser is just 19th (2629 points) but has only lost 20 points from her personal best.


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