Bearcats Earn Solid Scores on First Day of WU Multi-Event

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University's heptathlon and decathlon athletes produced solid results on the first day of the WU Multi-Event Meet at the Charles Bowles Track on Sunday, May 3. Action will conclude on Monday, May 4, starting at 11 a.m. (PDT).

After five events in the decathlon, Evin Colignon (So., Poulsbo, WA/Charles Wright Academy) was in second place with 3,259 points. Grant Piros (Sr., Newberg, OR/Newberg HS) was third at 3,163 and Trevor May (So., Florence, OR/Siuslaw HS) was sixth at 3,000.

Reid Gustavson from the University of British Columbia led the decathlon with 3,595 points. Colignon and Piros were followed by Curtis Moss of UBC in fourth at 3,059. Gabe Haberly of Linfield College was fifth with a score of 3,011. The decathlon involved 10 athletes overall.

In the heptathlon, Brooke Smith (Sr., Idleyld Park, OR/Glide HS) held third place with 2,663 points after four of the seven events. Brandi Miller (Fr., Grants Pass, OR/North Valley HS) was tied for sixth place at 2,337.

Bridget Johnson, competing unattached, was in first place in the heptathlon standings with 2,965 points. Melissa Leighty of George Fox University was second at 2,734. Smith followed in third place, with Adele Johns of UBC in fourth at 2,611 and Claudia Richard from UBC in fifth at 2,594. Miller and Beth Stam of George Fox were tied for sixth.

Gustavson won three events on the first day. He finished first in the long jump at 22'3". He also placed first in the high jump at 6'4.75" and in the 400-meter dash in 50.83 seconds. He scored over 700 points in four of the five events.

Moss took first in the remaining events, as he won the 100-meter dash in 11.44 seconds and was victorious in the shot put with a toss of 41'6". Colignon was second in the long jump at 20'7.25" and in the shot put at 40'5.5". Piros and Moss tied for second in the high jump, as both athletes cleared 5'10.75".

Johnson won three heptathlon events on Sunday. She crossed the finish line first in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.70 seconds, claimed first in the high jump at 5'4.25" and was the top thrower in the shot put at 34'3". Her margin in the shot put was just 0.75 inches, as Smith finished second at 34'2.25". Smith also placed second in the high jump at 5'1.75". Richard won the 200-yard dash in 24.85 seconds.

FIRST DAY RESULTS
Heptathlon
WU Multi-Event
At Charles Bowles Track
Salem, Ore. - May 3, 2009
FIRST DAY RESULTS
Decathlon
WU Multi-Event
At Charles Bowles Track
Salem, Ore. - May 3, 2009
Evin Colognon scored 3,259 points on the first day of the WU Multi-Event Meet. He was second in the overall standings.

Evin Colognon scored 3,259 points on the first day of the WU Multi-Event Meet. He was second in the overall standings.

Brooke Smith was second in the high jump and shot put on the first day of the WU Multi-Event Meet.

Brooke Smith was second in the high jump and shot put on the first day of the WU Multi-Event Meet.