May 7, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - A career day across the board has junior Jeremy Taiwo sitting atop the pack after the first five events of the Pac-10 Multi-Events Championships, as he looks to capture his first conference decathlon title. Taiwo warmed up in the Tucson heat, posting an outstanding 4,215 points on day one.
The men's decathlon and women's heptathlon are held a week in advance of the bulk of the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships. Arizona serves as this year's host, with Drachman Stadium the setting. Four Huskies were in action today, with Taiwo leading the decathlon and senior Andrew Ferleman sitting 13th. Sophomore Sarah Schireman is 11th after four of the seven heptathlon events, and freshman Shelby Williams is 12th.
Taiwo, the Renton, Wash. native and Newport High grad, is in a tightly contested battle with Oregon All-American senior David Klech, who is less than a hundred points back at 4,127. The two are well clear of third-place, held by UCLA's Dominic Giovannoni with 3,804 points.
The 2010 Pac-10 Decathlon runner-up, Taiwo's previous best day one score was 3,944 points. He blew past that with PR's in all five events this evening.
The day's first event brought Taiwo's first PR. He broke 11-seconds in the 100-meter dash for the first time, clocking 10.98 to take second overall to Klech and post 865 points. Next up came the long jump, where Taiwo flew 23-11 ½ to again take second overall to Klech and add 886 points.
Taiwo made up ground on the UO senior in the shot put, where he took third overall with a best of 42-11 that was more than six feet farther than Klech's best. That gave Taiwo his first lead. He maintained that lead with a PR in the high jump of 6-11 which Klech matched.
The final event of the day was the 400-meter dash, and Taiwo punctuated his day with yet another PR, winning the event in 48.49 seconds to chalk up another 886 points to end the day with well over 4,000 for the first time in his career.
Ferleman scored 3,346 points on his first day, with his biggest points coming from his 11.45 second 100-meter dash (763) and 21-2 ¾ long jump (691). The 100-meter dash time was a PR. Ferleman tied for seventh in the high jump (6-1 ½) and was 10th in the shot put (37-6 ½).
Schireman and Williams both started with PRs in the 100-meter hurdles. Schireman clocked 14.92 and Williams ran 15.65. The two had trouble in the high jump, however, neither getting over season-bests. Schireman went 4-11 ½ and Williams cleared 4-7 ¾. Williams showed her strength in the shot put, placing fourth overall with a best throw of 38-2. The two ended with two more PRs in the 200-meter dash, with Williams running 26.30 and Schireman clocking 26.42.
Five events remain on Saturday in the decathlon and three are left in the heptathlon.