May 8, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. - While the rest of their teammates were welcoming in spring at home in Husky Stadium, four UW multi-event athletes were busy kicking off the postseason at the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships at Cal's Edwards Stadium. Sophomore Jeremy Taiwo led the way on day one, as he sits in third place halfway through the decathlon.
The Pac-10 will crown conference champions in the decathlon and heptathlon this weekend before the bulk of the conference meet takes place next Saturday and Sunday. Ultimately, the multi-events will factor in to the overall team standings next weekend the same as any other single event.
Taiwo, an All-American in the indoor heptathlon as a freshman, was third at this meet last year as well. Through five events, he again is in third with 3,788 points. Oregon's two-time defending NCAA decathlon champion Ashton Eaton is first with 4,220 points and Cal's Michael Morrison is second with 3,858. Husky junior Andrew Ferleman is 10th with 3,176 points.
In the women's heptathlon, the Huskies have two first-time Pac-10 entries in freshman Sarah Schireman and junior Lindsey Kirschman. Schireman is currently in ninth position with 2,727 points and Kirschman ranks 10th with 2,536.
A win of any kind in the decathlon against the world-class Eaton is a big achievement, and Taiwo achieved that today with a victory in the high jump. Taiwo cleared a career-best 6-feet, 8-inches on his third attempt before passing the next bar. The next-best clearance by any competitor was just 6-4 ¼.
Taiwo also won the first heat and placed second overall in the 100-meter dash, running another PR of 11.10 seconds. He was fourth in the long jump but a foot short of his season-best, going 21-11. He also was fifth in the shot put at 38-4 and ended the day sixth in a tightly-bunched 400-meters, running 50.47 seconds. Taiwo is 70 points ahead of where he was after day one of the Mt. SAC Relays, his only other decathlon this year.
Ferleman's best event of the day was also the high jump, where he cleared 6-3 ¼ to tie for fifth. His 100-meters (11.64), long jump (20-1 ½), and 400-meters (54.04) were all season-bests as well.
Both Schireman and Kirschman posted season-bests in three of the four events on day one. Schireman was eighth in the hurdles at 14.97 seconds, eighth in the shot with a three-foot PR of 32-6 ½, and 10th in the 200-meters in 26.58 seconds, also a PR. Kirschman, the converted 800-meter runner, posted a big PR in the high jump of 4-10 ½, ran a season-best hurdles time of 16.79, and was fourth overall in the shot put with a mark of 34-8 ¼. Her 200-meter time of 26.68 was also a PR.
Schireman's day one total is 47 points above her Mt. SAC day one performance while Kirschman is a whopping 199 points ahead of her Mt. SAC hep.