PULLMAN, Wash. – The California Golden Bears track & field team had two student-athletes in action in Pullman, Wash. at the first weekend of the Pac-12 Championships, in the Multis competition on Saturday. Senior Jaci Powell currently sits sixth in the heptathlon, while redshirt senior Andrew Cruikshank is 11th after day one of the decathlon from the Mooberry Track & Field Complex. Powell placed fourth in 2013, and has a total of 2,995 points after four events. Cruikshank is competing at the Pac-12’s in the decathlon for the first time in his career, and finished Saturday with a total of 3,485 points after setting two new PR’s.
"Jaci is in a good position to score after day one," Director of track & field Tony Sandoval said on Saturday night from Pullman. "Her better events come on the second day, so we are optimistic. Andrew is up 100 points from the Cal Multis meet in March at Edwards Stadium. His better events are the discus, javelin and 1500-meters, so he has a good opportunity to climb into scoring position. All in all, a good day for our multi student-athletes."
The leaders in Pullman after day one are USC’s Viktor Fajoyomi in the decathlon, with 4,181 points and UCLA’s Alexis Walker in the heptathlon, with 3,345 points.
Powell opened her day with a fifth place finish in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 14.72. She followed that with a seventh place clearance of 5-2.25 in the high jump. She also posted a mark of 32-7.75 in the shot put, which placed her ninth and finished her afternoon with an impressive 25.10 time in the 200-meters, placing second in the event and earning 878 points, giving her a total of 2,995 heading into day two of the competition on Sunday.
Cruikshank began the decathlon with a 14.72 in the 100-meters, which placed him 11th. He then set a PR by over a foot in the long jump, leaping a distance of 21-5.25, which surpassed his previous best mark of 20-4.50 (set at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge) and placed ninth. His throw of 42-6.00 in the shot put was just shy of his PR mark of 42-8.75 and saw him grab a third place finish. His PR theme continued in the high jump, as he cleared a lifetime-best height of 6-1.50 for 11th place. In the day’s final event, the 400-meters, Cruikshank placed 10th with a time of 51.58 to bring his total to 3,485 midway through the competition. He is currently on pace to beat his PR total of 6,745, set at the California Multis earlier this season.
Day two of the Pac-12 Multis Championships conclude on Sunday in Pullman, Wash., with the first event beginning at 11 a.m. PT. The second weekend of the Pac-12 Championships gets underway on Saturday, May 17 and carries through Sunday, May 18.
Pac-12 Championships - Multis
Mooberry Track & Field Complex/Pullman, Wash.
Decathlon – 11. Andrew Cruikshank 3,485
100-meters – 12. Andrew Cruikshank 11.82 (687 pts)
Long Jump – 9. Andrew Cruikshank 21-5.25 (6.53m) (704 pts) PR
Shot Put – 3. Andrew Cruikshank 42-6.00 (12.95m) (664 pts)
High Jump – 11. Andrew Cruikshank 6-1.50 (1.87m) (687 pts) PR
400-meters – 10. Andrew Cruikshank 51.58 (743 pts)
Total – 3,485
Heptathlon – 6. Jaci Powell 2,995
100-meter hurdles – 5. Jaci Powell 14.72 (879 pts)
High Jump – 7. Jaci Powell 5-2.25 (1.58m) (712 pts)
Shot Put – 9. Jaci Powell 32-7.75 (9.95m) (526 pts)
200-meters – 2. Jaci Powell 25.10 (878 pts)
Total – 2,995