Trojans Have A Strong First Day At Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships|
May 10, 2014
Senior Viktor Fajoyomi is in first place and junior Jemal Williams is in 10th place in the decathlon and freshman Amalie Iuel is in third place in the heptathlon after Day 1 of the Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships hosted by Washington State in Pullman, Wash. today (May 10). The two-day multi-events championship will conclude tomorrow with the men competing in the 110m HH, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500m race, while the women will battle in the long jump, javelin throw and 800m race.
Fajoyomi's first-day total of 4,181 points is his best after the first five events by 156 points and leads the competition by 217 points entering the final day of action. Williams scored 3,539 points one point off his first-day PR. Iuel totaled 3,186 points to stand third after the first day, three points out of second and 159 out of first place. Her total beat her only other first-day total by 167 points.
The day began with the 100m dash and Fajoyomi placed fourth with a wind-aided PR of 11.21 (+2.8w) to garner 814 points, while Williams was ninth with a time of 11.46 (+2.8w) to earn 761 points.
Fajoyomi and Williams then both PR'd in the men's long jump to earn 940 and 679 points respectively. Fajoyomi won the event with a jump of 24-8.25/7.52m (+1.4), while Williams finished 12th in the event with a wind-aided personal best of 21-0.75/6.42m (+2.6w). Fajoyomi took the lead after two events over Alex Fellows of Oregon, 1754-1752.
Fajoyomi extended his lead to 51 points after the shot put, but over 2013 Pac-12 decathlon champion Dakotah Keys of Oregon, 2400-2349. Fajoyomi had a PR of 41-6/12.65m in the shot put to finish fifth in the event and earn 646 points. Williams had a best throw in his last attempt of 39-1.75/11.93m to finish ninth and earn 602 points. After the first three events Fajoyomi was in first and Williams in 11th place.
Fajoyomi was the last person to enter the high jump competition when he entered at 6-7.50 and he cleared that in his second attempt. After clearing 6-8.75 and 6-9.75 in his first attempts, he was the only jumper remaining. He then cleared 6-11.00/2.11m and 7-0.25/2.14m in his second attempts before bowing out at 7-1.50/2.17m. The result was an event win and 934 points to take a 135 point lead into the final event of Day 1. Williams took all three attempts to clear 6-1.50, after missing once at his first height of 6-0.50. He cleared 6-2.75/1.90 in his first attempt, but missed in all three attempts at 6-4/1.93. He finished eighth in the high jump and earned 714 points to move into 10th place.
The final event for the men was the 400m race and Fajoyomi placed second with a PR of 49.30 to earn 847 points. Williams was sixth with a time of 50.69 to earn 783 points. Fajoyomi ended the day with 4,181 points, 217 points ahead of the defending champ Keys of Oregon. Williams' total of 3,539 points places him in 10th place, just 61 points out of eighth, the final scoring position.
Iuel got her day started by placing third in the 100m HH with a time of 14.59 (-2.1) to earn 897 points. That was the exact time she posted in her first career heptathlon at the Aztec Invitational on March 27. Iuel won her heat which was run into the strongest headwind, with the overall winner Alexis Walker of UCLA running into a -1.0 wind to go 14.23 and earn 946 points.
Iuel didn't enter the high jump competition until 5-1/1.55m and cleared that height on her first attempt. She was the second to last jumper to enter the competition behind Walker who didn't enter until 5-4.50. Iuel also cleared 5-2.25/1.58m and 5-3.25/1.61m in her first attempts, one of two jumpers clean to that height. She was clean up to 5-7.00/1.70m which she cleared on her third attempt to establish a collegiate best. She was one of two jumpers to clear that height. She missed on all three attempts to match her PR of 5-8, but earned 855 points in the event to move into second place with 1,752 points, 197 behind the leader Walker.
Iuel opened up in her weakest event the shot put with a slight PR of 27-11.50, then improved to 30-0.25/9.15m in her second attempt. She then advanced her PR to 31-0/9.45m in her final attempt. That mark was good for 11th in the competition and earned her 494 points. After three events Iuel was in fourth place with 2246 points, 84 points out of third place.
The final event for the women on the day was the 200m race and Iuel ended her day in style by winning the event with a PR of 24.43 (+0.0) to earn 940 points. After the final event of Day 1, Iuel stood in third place with 3,186 points, 167 more points than her Day 1 total in her first and only other heptathlon. Walker of UCLA leads after the first four events with 3,345 points.