Smith Improves NCAA Qualifying Mark to 4,398 in Heptathlon

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University senior Brooke Smith (Idleyld Park, OR/Glide HS) improved her NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the heptathlon and Bearcat sophomore Evin Colignon (Poulsbo, WA/Charles Wright Academy earned his first NCAA provisional mark in the decathlon, as the WU Multi-Event Meet concluded at the Charles Bowles Track on Monday, April 4.

Smith achieved a score of 4,398 to increase her provisional mark by 123 points. Her previous top score this season was 4,275 at the NWC Championships. The provisional standard in the heptathlon is 4,100.

Colignon accumulated 6,060 points to move past the NCAA provisional standard of 6,050. In the process, he set a new personal record, breaking his old career best of 5,893, set at the NWC Championships this spring .

Grant Piros (Sr., Newberg, OR/Newberg HS) also surpassed the NCAA provisional standard with a score of 6,120. He already held an NCAA provisional result with a score of 6,149 at the NWC Championships.

Bridget Johnson, competing unattached, won the heptathlon with 4,870 points. Smith finished second and Melissa Leighty of George Fox University was third. Leighty ended the competition with 4,364 points. Adele Johns from the University of British Columbia was fourth at 4,286 points and Claudia Richards, also from UBC, was fifth at 4,050 points.

Brandi Miller (Fr., Grants Pass, OR/North Valley HS) of Willamette placed sixth with 4,010 points. She improved by 24 points over her score of 3,986 at the NWC Championships.

Reid Gustavson from British Columbia won the decathlon with 6,502 points. Piros finished in second place and Colignon was third. Curtis Moss from UBC took fourth with 5,984 points and Trevor May (So., Florence, OR/Siuslaw HS) of WU was fifth with 5,501 points.

COMPLETE RESULTS
Heptathlon
WU Multi-Event
At Charles Bowles Track
Salem, Ore. - May 3-4, 2009
COMPLETE RESULTS
Decathlon
WU Multi-Event
At Charles Bowles Track
Salem, Ore. - May 3-4, 2009
Brooke Smith scored 4,398 points in the heptathlon to improve her NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

Brooke Smith scored 4,398 points in the heptathlon to improve her NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

Evin Colignon earned a career-best score of 6,060 points at the WU Multi-Event.

Evin Colignon earned a career-best score of 6,060 points at the WU Multi-Event.