Smith Finishes Second in Heptathlon, Piros is Fifth in Decathlon, at NWC Multi-Event

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

TACOMA, WASH. -- Brooke Smith (Sr., Idleyld Park, OR/Glide HS) of Willamette University took second place in the heptathlon with an NCAA provisional qualifying score of 4,275, and Grant Piros (Sr., Newberg, OR/Newberg HS) of WU placed fifth in the decathlon with an NCAA provisional mark of 6,149 in the decathlon, as the NWC Multi-Event Championships concluded on Tuesday, April 14.

Also competing in the heptathlon for the Bearcats was Brandi Miller (Fr., Grants Pass, OR/North Valley HS), who finished fifth with 3,986 points. Caitlin McGrane from the University of Puget Sound won the heptathlon with a score of 4,409.

Evin Colignon (So., Poulsbo, WA/Charles Wright Academy) of WU placed seventh in the decathlon with 5,893 points, while teammate Trevor May (So., Florence, OR/Siuslaw HS) was ninth with 5,622 points. Josh Lovell of Linfield College won the decathlon with a score of 7,003.

A total of three athletes in the heptathlon surpassed the provisional qualifying mark of 4,100 points for the NCAA Division III Championships later this spring. In addition to McGrane and Smith, the other athlete to attain a provisional mark was Beth Stam from George Fox University, who took third place with a score of 4,139.

The decathlon featured six competitors who scored above the NCAA provisional standard of 6,050. Josh Lovell and his brother, Jeremy Lovell (6,737 points), both earned marks beyond the automatic qualifying standard of 6,600. Piros, plus Ryan Forbes of George Fox (6,365), David Dillow of George Fox (6,237) and Gabe Haberly of Linfield (6,101), passed the provisional standard.

Smith won the heptathlon high jump at 5'1.25" and finished second in the shot put (33'4.50") and the javelin (118'10"). She qualified for the NCAA Championships in the heptathlon last season and took seventh place to earn All-America honors.

Piros placed first in the decathlon javelin throw (193'6") and was second in the shot put (40'2.25"). Colignon took first place in shot put (41'10.75") and was first in the discus (123'1").

Willamette now has eight individuals who have recorded NCAA provisional qualifying marks this spring in a total of 11 events. Piros has achieved provisional results in the javelin, with a top throw of 202'9", and in the decathlon. Last year, he registered All-America status by placing seventh at the NCAA Championships in the javelin.

The remainder of the NWC Championships will be held on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. Prior to attending the NWC Championships, the Bearcats will host the WU/WOU Mini Meet on Thursday, April 16, with the action to start at 4 p.m. (PDT) at the Charles Bowles Track.

HEPTATHLON - FINAL RESULTS
DECATHLON - FINAL RESULTS
NWC Multi-Event Championships
At Baker Stadium, Tacoma,Wash.
April 13-14, 2009
Brook Smith registered an NCAA provisional qualifying score of 4,275 in the heptathlon and took second place at the NWC Multi-Event Championships.

Brook Smith registered an NCAA provisional qualifying score of 4,275 in the heptathlon and took second place at the NWC Multi-Event Championships.

Grant Piros achieved a personal record of 6,149 in the decathlon.

Grant Piros achieved a personal record of 6,149 in the decathlon.