Track and Field | Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Brooke Smith Finishes Second in NWC Heptathlon
NEWBERG, ORE. -- Brooke Smith (Jr., Idleyld Park, OR/Glide HS) from Willamette University provisionally qualified for the NCAA National Championships with a score of 4,215 points in the heptathlon while finishing in second place on the final day of the Northwest Conference Multi-Event Championships, Tuesday, April 8 at George Fox University. Caitlin McGrane from the University of Puget Sound won the NWC heptathlon with a score of 4,295.
Smith performed well throughout the competition and was the only athlete in the heptathlon to earn more than 500 points in every event. Her top point totals came from the 100-meter hurdles (15.93 seconds, 723 points) and the high jump (5'2.25", 712 points) on Monday, plus the 800-meter run (2:37.74, 599 points) on Tuesday. She took first place in the high jump, shot put and javelin.
The NCAA provisional standard in the heptathlon is 4,100 points, with the automatic standard at 4,600 points. McGrane and Smith were followed by two athletes who barely missed the provisional mark. Kirsten Dormaier of Whitworth University finished third with 4,091 points, while Terah Laack of George Fox was fourth with 4,079 points.
Also competing in the heptathlon for Willamette were Sarah Burton (Fr., Fallon, NV/Churchill County HS) and Jessica Cobley (Fr., Queensbury, NY/Queensbury HS). Burton concluded the two-day competition in ninth place with 3,383 points. Cobley took 13th place with 3,107 points.
WU's top finisher in the decathlon was Trevor May Fr., Florence, OR/Siuslaw HS), who placed ninth and scored 5,248 points. He earned more than 600 points in four events, including the 110-meter hurdles, where he earned a time of 16.07 seconds for 725 points.
Evin Colignon (Fr., Poulsbo, WA/Charles Wright Academy) of Willamette was 11th in the final standings. He won the shot put on Monday with a throw of 41'7".
The remainder of the Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships will be held on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19 in Newberg, Ore. Willamette has won the last six NWC women's track and field championships and five of the last six NWC men's track and field titles.