Smith is Tied for First in Heptathlon after First Day of NWC Multi-Event Championships

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

TACOMA, WASH. -- Brooke Smith (Sr., Idleyld Park, OR/Glide HS) of Willamette University was tied for first place in the heptathlon with 2,618 points after the first day of the Northwest Conference Multi-Event Championships, Monday, April 13 at Baker Stadium. Brandi Miller (Fr., Grants Pass, OR/North Valley HS) of WU ranked fifth in the heptathlon with 2,372 points.

Three Willamette athletes were in the top nine in the decathlon. Evin Colignon (So., Poulsbo, WA/Charles Wright Academy) was fourth with 3,210 points, Grant Piros (Sr., Newberg, OR/Newberg HS) was fifth with 3,198 points and Trevor May (So., Florence, OR/Siuslaw HS) was ninth with 2,998 points.

Four of seven events in the heptathlon and five of 10 events in the decathlon were held on the first day. The NWC Multi-Event Championships will conclude on Tuesday, April 14, starting at 10 a.m. (PDT).

Smith was tied for first place with Caitlin McGrane from the University of Puget Sound. Smith was the top finisher in the high jump (5'1.25") and was second in the shot put (33'4.50"). She also took third place in the 100-meter hurdles (15.66 seconds). Smith's highest score was in the 100-meter hurdles (756 points).

Miller was just three points out of fourth place. She tied for third in the high jump (5'8.75"), was fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (16.12 seconds) and placed fifth in the 200-meter dash (27.17 seconds). Miller's top score was 700 points in the 100-meter hurdles.

In the decathlon, Colignon ranked first in the shot put (41'10.75"), was fifth in the long jump (20'8") and tied for fifth in the high jump (5'7.75"). Piros was second in the shot put (40'2.25"), took fourth in the 100-meter dash (11.59 seconds) and was sixth in the long jump (20'5.25"). May tied for fifth in the high jump (5'7.75") and was seventh in the long jump (20'5").

Colignon registered his top score of 691 points in the 100-meter dash. Piros had a high score of 734 points, also in the 100. May recorded his best score in the 400-meter dash with 703 points.

The overall leader in the decathlon was Josh Lovell from Linfield College with 3,748 points. A total of 18 athletes were competing in the decathlon, with 10 athletes participating in the heptathlon.

HEPTATHLON - FIRST DAY
DECATHLON - FIRST DAY
NWC Multi-Event Championships
At Baker Stadium, Tacoma,Wash.
April 13, 2009
Brooke Smith of Willamette won the high jump during the first day of the heptathlon. She was tied for first place overall with 2,618 points.

Brooke Smith of Willamette won the high jump during the first day of the heptathlon. She was tied for first place overall with 2,618 points.

Evin Colignon won the shot put and was fourth overall after five events.

Evin Colignon won the shot put and was fourth overall after five events.