PULLMAN, Wash. –The California Golden Bears women’s track & field team scored four points for the team competition of the Pac-12 Championships on Sunday, as senior Jaci Powell placed fifth in the heptathlon in Pullman, Wash. Powell totaled a season-best 5,160 points at the Mooberry Track & Field Complex, moving up from sixth place after day one. Additionally for the Bears on the men’s side, redshirt senior Andrew Cruikshank concluded the decathlon with 6,195 points and an 11th place finish on Sunday evening.
"Jaci came through today," Director of track & field Tony Sandoval said Sunday afternoon from Pullman. "She kept her poise and put points on the board for the Golden Bears. Andrew was having a career meet and possible scoring opportunity, when he no heighted in the pole vault."
The Pac-12 heptathlon champion was USC freshman Amalie Iuel, who took the competition with a total score of 5,378 to seize 10 points for the Trojans. On the men’s side, Oregon junior Dakotah Keys took home the decathlon conference crown with a total score of 7,801 for the Ducks.
Powell began the second day of competition with a third place finish in the long jump, in which she leapt a distance of 18-3.00. She then followed that up with a second place showing in the javelin, with a throw of 128-9, vaulting her into fifth place. The senior from Oakdale, Calif. maintained that position when she ran the final event of the heptathlon, the 800-meters in 2:22.11 to finish the competition in fifth place, and score four key points for the Cal women’s team.
Cruikshank opened day two of the decathlon with a time of 15.68 in the 110-meter hurdles, which placed him eighth and earned him 769 points. He then grabbed 696 with a second place finish in the discus, posting a mark of 136-3. Unfortunately for Cruikshank, who had moved up into 10th place, he was unable to clear a height in the pole vault, which shut him out in the eighth event. He attempted to make up some ground in the javelin, when he earned 574 points with a season-best throw of 160-9 for fifth place. The hole, however was too deep to climb from, as Cruikshank’s afternoon and competition concluded with an overall 11th place finish with 6,195 points after his time of 4:41.41 in the 1500-meters, which was fifth best for the event.
The second weekend of the Pac-12 Championships gets underway on Saturday, May 17 and carries through Sunday, May 18 in Pullman, as the Bears seek a run at the conference title in a variety of individual events, as well as the team competitions. Pac-12 Championships - Multis Mooberry Track & Field Complex/Pullman, Wash. California Results Men Decathlon – 11. Andrew Cruikshank 6,195