May 11, 2003
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Huskies Kendra Caprye and Nick Verbon completed their competition Sunday in the heptathlon and decathlon events, respectively, at the 2003 Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships. The two-day events, which began Saturday at USC's Katherin B. Locker Stadium and Cromwell Field, concluded Sunday with both UW athletes posting impressive marks.
Sophomore Caprye placed ninth in the heptathlon with 3,880 points, a total bettered by just nine women in Washington track and field history. The Spokane, Wash., native, making her first-ever appearance at the conference meet, added marks of 15-feet, 6 Ľ inches in the long jump, 92-6 in the javelin, and 2 minutes, 50.07 seconds in the 800 meters to her marks from Saturday's 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200-meter competitions.
Washington State's Ellanee Richardson won her second-straight Pac-10 heptathlon title, totaling 5,766 points with victories in four of the seven events.
Snoqualmie, Wash., native Verbon also put the finishing touches on his Pac-10 Championships debut, placing 11th overall in the decathlon with a total of 5,991 points. The freshman's Sunday performance was highlighted by a fourth-place time of 15.12 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, and included marks of 104-9 in the discus, 12-7 ˝ in the pole vault, 118-5 in the javelin and 5:01.61in the 1,500-meter run.
Washington State freshman Darion Powell, who led through the first seven events of the competition, saw his lead disappear with a ninth-place finish in the pole vault. Oregon's Santiago Lorenzo took advantage of the miscue, clearing a height more than two feet beyond the Cougar freshman to pick up 231 points and literally vault into first place. Lorenzo then held his lead with a victory in the javelin to cinch the conference title with 7,564 points.
Washington will return to Los Angeles next weekend for the bulk of Pac-10 Championships competition, May 17-18 at USC. The Huskies are seeking to improve upon disappointing finishes last season, when the UW men placed eighth and the Husky women were ninth.