April 15, 2010
AZUSA, Calif. - Six Huskies completed their first multi-events of the outdoor season today down at the Cougar Athletic Stadium on the campus of Azusa Pacific, as part of this week's Mt. SAC Relays. Sophomore All-American Jeremy Taiwo was just ten points off his personal-best in his first decathlon since last year's Pac-10 Championships, and freshman Sarah Schireman completed the ninth-best heptathlon in school history.
Taiwo (Renton, Wash.) was third at Pac-10s last season and qualified for NCAAs but was unable to compete and needed offseason foot surgery. After redshirting the indoor season, today's decathlon helped prove Taiwo is all the way back, as he placed sixth with 7,289 points. Taiwo was barely short of his career-best of 7,299 which ranks sixth in school history.
His mark should place him at 13th on the 2010 NCAA descending order list and could qualify him for NCAAs, as the multis are the only events to qualify athletes straight to the finals based on their season-bests.
Taiwo stood out in the running events, as he was second in both the 400-meters and the 1,500-meters to close both days. His 400m time of 50.02 was a new PR as was his time in the 110m hurdles (14.51) where he placed third overall. Taiwo also had a big PR in the pole vault of 15-1 which tied for third.
Junior Andrew Ferleman (Bellevue, Wash.) and redshirt freshman Jake Vetter (Montesano, Wash.) also put a cap on their first decathlons of the year. Ferleman scored 6,032 points, with his highest-scoring event being the 110m hurdles in which he ran 15.57. Vetter's first decathlon ended with 5,696 points and he tied for a win in the high jump with a clearance of 6-4.
Schireman, out of Archbishop Murphy in Everett, was 12th out of 34 competitors in the California Invite heptathlon with 4,458 points. That ranks her sixth in the Pac-10 so far this season, and places her in the UW Top-10 list. Schireman's best event was her first, where she ran 15.16 seconds in the 100m hurdles to score 821 points.
Also finishing their first career heptathlons was freshman Shaniae Lakes (Richland, Wash.) who was 16th with 4,292 points, and senior Lindsey Kirschman (Redding, Calif.) who took 20th with 4,228. Lakes was fifth in the long jump with a mark of 17-11 ¾ and seventh in the 200-meters in 26.00 seconds. Kirschman was second out of all competitors in the 800-meters in a time of 2:21.81.
The Husky distance crew will be in action at the main Mt. SAC site in Walnut, Calif. beginning Friday.