EUGENE, Ore. - University of Colorado track and field athletes Genny Mayden and Adam Salzmann each placed third at the Pac-12 Combined Events Championships on Sunday at Hayward Field.
Mayden recorded a total of 5,362 points in the heptathlon, while Salzmann put together a total of 7,214 points in the decathlon.
Salzmann's score is the fifth best in Buffalo history and he is the first CU decathlete to record more the 7,200 points since Steve Brittenham in 1977.
Salzmann started the day with a runner-up finish in the 110-meter hurdles, crossing the finish in 14.82 (tying the fourth best time in CU history). He followed up that performance by placing fifth in the discus with a toss of 122-08 (ninth in CU history). Salzmann was also fifth in the pole vault, tying his personal best mark of 15 feet, five inches, which is the third best by a CU decathlete. He placed ninth in the javelin (150-02), but saved the best for last in the 1,500. Salzmann finished the run in 4:22.22, breaking CU's 1,500-meter of 4:22.70 from 1970.
"I was very happy with my performance today," Salzmann said. "I recorded a PR in the 110- hurdles and discus, tied my PR in the pole vault and PR'd in the 1500. With my third place-finish I scored six points for the team and I couldn't be happier with my last decathlon as a Buff."
Mayden's point total (5,362) is the best score for a Buff since Heather Sterlin's total of 5,360 in 1995 and ranks 12th in school history.
"My goal for this meet was simply to better my PR from Tucson," Mayden said. "I didn't think that I was capable of scoring much higher than that because in Tucson I had about six PR's. I really shocked myself today with my score."
Mayden led CU in two of the three events on the final day of competition. She tied for seventh in the long jump with a leap of 18-04 and was third in the javelin with a toss of 140-03. Her javelin mark is the second best ever by a CU heptathlete behind Annette Tannander's toss of 141-10 in 1983. The throw was a huge PR for Mayden as she flew past her previous mark of 127-01. She ended the day by finishing eighth in the 800 with a PR of 2:22.50.
"I had a great day one, and I was just hoping to use my momentum from yesterday," Mayden said. "I tied my long jump PR and had two huge throws in the javelin. It means so much to me to place third at Pac-12's. I never saw myself placing that high, especially as a sophomore. I have amazing training partners and coaches, and honestly, I'm still just shocked at the whole thing."
Beemer also had a good day for CU in the heptathlon, placing fourth overall with a personal best score of 5,339. She was 12th in the long jump (17-07.50) and fourth in the javelin (113-02). Beemer also improved her PR in the 800-meter run, which is also the CU heptathlon record; crossing the finish first in 2:09.24.
The CU women now have 11 points to lead the Pac-12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships by one point. Oregon is second with 10.
"I am thrilled with my 800 PR and seeing CU on top leading the team standings is very special," Beemer said. "I'm looking forward to returning next week and competing to the fullest."
Combined events coach Lindsey Malone was extremely pleased with the performances her athletes gave over the course of the last two days.
"Today was an exceptional moment in time for our Buff family," Malone said. "Genny, Bri and Adam Salzmann earned the first ever Pac-12 Track and Field Championships team points for CU.
"Adam, Bri, Katie, and Alyssa were a part of my first recruiting class to CU and their leadership and dedication have helped to build this program. It is truly an honor to get to coach such a wonderful group of individuals. I couldn't be more proud of our Buffalo family."
The Pac-12 Track & Field Championships will continue next weekend, May 12-13, with the rest of the track and field events competing.
PAC-12 COMBINED EVENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hayward Field (Eugene, Org.)
Points: (1, Brianne Theisen, UO, 6,353) 3. Genny Mayden, 5,362; 4. Brianne Beemer, 5339; 10. Alyssa Frank, 4,925; 13. Katie Dreher, 4,802
Long Jump: (1. Brianne Theisen, UO, 20-05.75) t7. Genny Mayden, 18-04.50; 12. Brianne Beemer, 17-07.50; 14. Alyssa Frank, 17-02.75; 15. Katie Dreher, 16-07.75
Javelin: (1. Brianne Theisen, UO, 145-04) 3. Genny Mayden, 140-03; 4. Brianne Beemer, 113-02; 9. Alyssa Frank, 102-09; 11. Katie Dreher, 99-08
200-Meters: 1. Brianne Beemer, 2:09.24; 5. Katie Dreher, 2:20.96; 8. Genny Mayden, 2:22.50; 9. Alyssa Frank, 2:23.41
Points: (1. Dekotah Keys, UO, 7,793) 3. Adam Salzmann, 7.214; 13. Jason DeWitt, 6,588; 14. Eddie Taylor, 6,407
110-Meter Hurdles: (1. Dominic Giovannoni, UCLA, 14.66) 2. Adam Salzmann, 14.82; 7. Jason DeWitt, 15.48; 16. Eddie Taylor, 16.38
Discus: (1. Marcus Nilsson, UCLA, 139-07) 5. Adam Salzmann, 122-08; 9. Eddie Taylor, 117-09; 13. Jason DeWitt, 107-01
Pole Vault: (1. Jeremy Marcinko, ASU & David Thomas, UCLA 16-00.75) 5.Adam Salzmann, 15-05; t6. Eddie Taylor, 14-09.00; t13. Jason DeWitt, 13-09.25
Javelin: (1. Dekotah Keys, UO, 207-11) 9. Adam Salzmann, 150-02; 10. Jason DeWitt, 146-06; 17. Eddie Taylor, 120-06
1,500-Meters: (1. Trent Perez, UCLA, 4:17.90) 2. Adam Salzmann, 4:22.22; 9. Eddie Taylor, 4:38.36; 16. Jason DeWitt, 4:56.01