Track and Field | Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Jordyn Smith is Third in Heptathlon, Piros Takes Fifth in Decathlon, at NWC Multi-Events
SALEM, ORE. -- Two Northwest Conference athletes made second-day comebacks to win the decathlon and heptathlon titles at the NWC Multi-Event Championships, hosted by Willamette University, April 9-10 at the Charles Bowles Track in Salem, Ore. Ryan Forbes of George Fox University rallied from fourth place on the first day to win the decathlon with 6,454 points, while Brooke Barker from Pacific University moved from fifth place on the first day into the championship in the heptathlon with 4,196 points.
The margin of victory for Forbes was just five points over Josh Lovell of Linfield College, who finished in second place with 6,449 points. Benjamin Spaun of Whitworth College was third at 6,416 points and Jeremy Lovell of Linfield was fourth at 6,324. The top four finishers surpassed the NCAA Division III provisional standard of 6,000 points.
Willamette's Grant Piros (So., Newberg, OR/Newberg HS) took fifth place in the decathlon, as he moved up one spot from the first day. His total score was 5,907, just 93 points from the provisional qualifying mark. Sixth place was earned by Branden Carpenter of Linfield with 5,862 points.
Piros had his top performance in the javelin throw, which he won with a toss of 199'3". The toss improved his NCAA National Championship provisional qualifying distance by just over nine feet. His first provisional qualifying throw was 190'2" at the Linfield Open on March 16. His throw at the NWC Multi-Event Championships also set a new personal record.
In the heptathlon, Barker surged into the lead by taking first in the javelin throw and claiming fourth place in the long jump and the 800-meter run. Her javelin throw of 127'2' was nearly 18 feet farther than any other competitor. Barker scored 4,196 points in the seven events to win by 63 points over Kristen Dormaier of Whitworth College. Dormaier, who led the field after the first day, finished with 4,133 points. Barker and Dormaier both scored higher than the NCAA Division III provisional standard of 4,100 points.
Third place in the heptathlon went to Jordyn Smith (Jr., Henderson, NV/Green Valley HS) of Willamette, with 3,988 points. smith won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:17.85, scoring 853 points for the highest one-event score of the championships. Caitlin McGrane from the University of Puget Sound took fourth place overall with 3,947 points. Terah Laack of George Fox was fifth at 3,942 points and Brooke Smith (So., Idleyld Park, OR/Glide HS) of Willamette was sixth at 3,900 points.
The remainder of the NWC Track and Field Championships will be held April 20-21 in Tacoma, Wash. Current standings for the men are: Linfield 19 points, George Fox 10 points, Whitworth 6 points, Willamette 4 points. In the women's competition, standings are: Pacific 10, Willamette 9, Whitworth 8, Puget Sound 5, George Fox 4, Linfield 3.