May 7, 2006
EUGENE, Ore. - Arizona State's Jackie Johnson won her second Pac-10 heptathlon title, and Oregon placed three men among the top-eight in the decathlon, staking both teams to early leads at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships at Oregon's Hayward Field.
Johnson's win -- the second of her career, and first since 2004 -- earned 10 team points for ASU, giving the Sun Devils a slim 10-9 advantage over tied teams Washington State and Oregon entering the main portion of the Championships next weekend. On the men's side, Ducks Andy Young, Alexey Shkuratov and Brian Bartow finished third, sixth and seventh, respectively, to overcome a win by Arizona's Jake Arnold and stake the host squad to an 11-10 lead over the Wildcats entering next weekend.
In 10th after Saturday's opening five events, Bidleman climbed one spot through four events Sunday on the strength of personal-best marks in the 110-meter hurdles (15.39 seconds) and pole vault (12-11 ½), and a 10-foot lifetime best in the javelin (142-10). Trailing Oregon's Jon Derby for the eighth and final scoring place by 109 points entering the day's final event, the 1,500 meters, Bidleman ran a lifetime-best 4 minutes, 31.08 seconds -- 29 seconds ahead of Derby and good for a 179-point swing in the standings.
Bidleman's total of 6,590 points was more than 300 points better than his previous lifetime best, and his eighth-place finish was the best by a UW decathlete at the Pac-10 Championships since 2000.
Fuller, meanwhile, earned a 16-point improvement over her previous best with a 4,821-point total, the fifth-highest ever at UW. In 11th place after Saturday's first four events, Fuller notched outdoor career bests in the javelin (114-0) and 800 meters (2:34.61) on Sunday, leapfrogging Cal's Artensia Young for a spot in the top-10.
Washington's multi-eveners will be joined in Eugene next weekend by their UW teammates, many of whom will be considered contenders for Pac-10 titles. Throwers Will Conwell and Martin Bingisser, as well as hurdlers Shane Charles and Ashley Lodree, are each ranked among the conference leaders in their events, while junior Ryan Brown is the defending Pac-10 champion at 800 meters. Washington has had at least one Pac-10 champion in each of the past six seasons.
For complete results from the 2006 Pac-10 Championships multi-events, visit www.goducks.com.