May 14, 2000
EUGENE, Ore. - California's Bevan Hart captured his second straight Pacific-10 Conference decathlon title and Washington senior Jacob Predmore placed third in the two-day competition that concluded Sunday at Oregon's Hayward Field.
Hart won only three events, but finished high enough in the others to amass a winning total of 7,890 points. Hart topped his 1999 winning total by 218 points and claimed the fourth consecutive conference decathlon championship by an athlete from Cal which also produced 1997 and 1998 winner Ross Bomben.
Oregon's Santiago Lorenzo won two second-day events, climbing from third place after the first day to post a second-place, 7,649-point total. In second place entering the final day, Predmore finished with a third-place total of 7,298.
A product of Cedarcrest High School in Duvall, Wash., Predmore improved upon last year's sixth-place performance. He was in second place after the first day of the 1999 championships, but lost several hundred potential points after no-heighting in the pole vault. Predmore avoided a similar fate this year, clearing the bar at 13-9 1/4. That mark was just 1 3/4-inches shy of his career-best pole vault effort.
Predmore finished second in the 110-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 14.50. That was the third career-topping performance for Predmore who accomplished the feat during two first-day events. He cleared 6-6 3/4 in the high jump and completed the 400-meter race in 49.43.
The top three Pac-10 finishers will likely meet again at the NCAA Championships, May 31-June 3 in Durham, N.C. Hart and Lorenzo have reached the automatic qualifying standard while Predmore is ranked high on the provisional list.
The rest of the Washington track and field team will join Predmore in Eugene next weekend for the Pac-10 championship meet on Saturday and Sunday.
Pacific-10 Conference Decathlon Championships
May 13-14, 2000
Hayward Field, Eugene, Ore.
1, Bevan Hart, California, 7890, 2, Santiago Lorenzo, Oregon, 7649, 3, Jacob Predmore, Washington, 7298, 4, Billy Pappas, Oregon, 7184, 5, Casey Thompson, USC, 7050, 6, Matt Blair, California, 7008, 7, Marcell Allmond, USC, 6931, 8, Russell Silvers, USC, 6871, 9, Doug Sells, Oregon, 6615, 10, Brian Kraemer, Arizona State, 6308.
DAY 2 RESULTS
110-meter Hurdles - 1, Allmond, USC, 14.43, 2, Predmore, UW, 14.50, 3, Pappas, Oregon, 15.08.
Discus - 1, Lorenzo, Oregon, 137-8, 2, Sells, Oregon, 135-7, 6, Predmore, UW, 114-0.
Pole Vault - 1, Hart, Cal, 17-8 1/2, 2(tie), Lorenzo, Oregon and Sells, Oregon, 15-1, 6, Predmore, UW, 13-9 1/4.
Javelin - 1, Lorenzo, Oregon, 193-4, 2, Pappas, Oregon, 184-8, 7, Predmore, UW, 159-1.
1,500 meters - 1, Hart, Cal, 4:22.52, 2, Thompson, USC, 4:29.99, 4, Predmore, UW, 4:35.52.