Feb. 26, 2004
SEATTLE - Cal's Brooke Meredith made Mountain Pacific Sports Federation history Thursday, winning the first conference title ever awarded in the pentathlon, at the 2004 MPSF Championships at Dempsey Indoor.
The three-day meet, which serves as the indoor conference championships for the top Pac-10 and Big West Conference schools, continues Friday and Saturday, with events beginning at 10:00 a.m. each day.
Meredith recorded the top mark in three of the pentathlon's five events to earn a total of 4,088 points, tops by a collegian in 2004, the first year in which the NCAA has conducted the event indoors. Washington State's Diana Pickler took second with 3,913 points, while UC Irvine's Annmarie Turpin rounded out the top-three with 3,898.
Washington junior Grace Vela became the first Husky woman ever to compete in the pentathlon, taking fourth with 3,592 points. The Toronto, Ont., native tied for second in the 60-meter hurdles and for first in the long jump, climbing to seventh in school history in the latter with a mark of 19 feet, 4 1/4 inches.
Thursday also marked the start of the men's heptathlon, with UCLA's Chris Staton holding a slim advantage after four events. Staton's 3,198 points lead Idaho's Jereme Richardson by just 181 points, with three events remaining to be contested Friday morning. Washington freshman Doug Blaty made his heptathlon debut in style, winning the 60-meter dash in 7.09 seconds, and stands 14th with 2,621 points at the end of the first day.
For schedules and results for the 2004 MPSF Championships, visit www.gohuskies.com.