EUGENE, Ore. - Brianne Beemer and Adam Salzmann led the University of Colorado track and field team at the Pac-12 Combined Events Championships on Saturday afternoon at Hayward Field.
Beemer is in fifth place in the heptahlon with 3,138 points and Genny Mayden is only 15 points behind Beemer in sixth place with 3,123. Alyssa Frank is ninth (3,017) and Katie Dreher is 13th overall (2,929).
In the decathlon, Salzmann is sixth with 3,590 points and Jason DeWitt is 10th with 3,513. Eddie Taylor is sitting in 15th (3,288) after the first day of action.
Beemer recorded a pair of top-six finishes on the first day in the 100-meter hurdles and the 200-meters. She was sixth in the 100 hurdles, crossing the finish in 14.28 seconds and took fourth in the 200 with a time of 25.16. Beemer tied for sixth in the high jump with Mayden as both cleared 5 feet, 5 inches. Beemer was 10th in the shot put with a toss of 33-07.50.
"The Pac-12's multi championships has superb competition which has pushed us to season PRs," Beemer said about her and her team's performance on Saturday. "Hopefully tomorrow will prove more of the same."
Mayden did well in the shot put, placing fifth with a throw of 38-06.75. The mark ranks seventh on CU's combined events chart. She also clocked a time of 25.42 in the 200, placing seventh.
"I was really happy with my day one," Mayden said. "I had a PR in the 200, and all of my other events were very close to my PRs. I was able to put together a great day one score and hopefully I can build on that tomorrow."
Frank tied the fifth best jump in CU heptathlon history when she cleared 5-07.25 in the high jumps, placing third in the meet.
"I was really happy to improve on a few of my events for my first day and hope to take the same stamina into tomorrow," Frank said.
Salzmann ended the day by winning the 400 in 48.59. He was second in the 200 (11.13) and placed 13th in the long jump (20-06.25). Salzmann picked up a 13th-place finish in the shot put (37-03.50) and tied for 10th in the high jump, clearing 6-00.75.
DeWitt had a great day in the shot put. His throw of 40-09.75 ranks fourth in Colorado's decathlon history. DeWitt also recorded the fourth best high jump for the Buffs at 6-08.
"I am incredibly happy with my first day of competition and I can't wait to see what will happen tomorrow," DeWitt said. "I want to thank my coaches for giving me this opportunity to come out and compete at a place I've always dreamed about competing in."
Overall the Buffs had a great day on the first day.
"We had a phenomenal first day in the heptathlon and decathlon," assistant coach Lindsey Malone said. "Bri, Genny, Alyssa and Katie competed as a team and fed off one another's performances in each event. On the men's side, Jason and Adam set new personal lifetime bests for day one as well. Jason had an enormous breakthrough in the shot put and followed it up with a fantastic high jump. Adam capped off the day with a fearless 400.
"The men and women competed as an elite team today and I am incredibly proud of their representation of the CU track and field program. Everyone is healthy and ready to earn a spot on the podium tomorrow."
The Pac-12 Combined Events Championships will conclude on Sunday, May 6. All other events for the championships will compete next weekend, May 12-13.
PAC-12 COMBINED EVENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hayward Field (Eugene, Org.)
Points (Day 1): (1, Brianne Theisen, UO, 3,758) 5. Brianne Beemer, 3,138; 6. Genny Mayden, 3,123. 9. Alyssa Frank, 3,017; 13. Katie Dreher, 2,929
100-Meter Hurdles: (1. Brianne Theisen, UO, 13.50) 6. Brianne Beemer, 14.38; 12. Genny Mayden, 15.06; 13. Alyssa Frank, 15.10; 14. Katie Dreher, 15.40
High Jump: (1. Brianne Theisen, UO, 6-00) 3. Alyssa Frank, 5-07.25; t4. Katie Dreher, 5-06; t6. Brianne Beemer, 5-05; t6. Genny Mayden, 5-05
Shot Put: (1. Shelby Williams, UW, 42-04.75) 5. Genny Mayden, 38-06.75; 8. Alyssa Frank, 36-02.75; 10. Brianne Beemer, 33-07.50; 15. Katie Dreher, 31-01.25
200-Meters : (1. Brianne Theisen, UO, 23.90) 4. Brianne Beemer, 25.16; 7. Genny Mayden, 25.42; 9. Katie Dreher, 25.81; 15. Alyssa Frank, 26.85
Points (Day 1): (1. Dekotah Keys, UO, 3,969) 6. Adam Salzmann, 3,590; 10. Jason DeWitt, 3,513; 15. Eddie Taylor, 3,288
100-Meters: (1. Alec Fellows, UO, 11.12) 2. Adam Salzmann, 11.13; 6. Eddie Taylor, 11.33; 15. Jason DeWitt, 11.58
Long Jump: (1. Dekotah Keys, UO, 23-07.50) 11. Jason DeWitt, 20-10.75; 13. Adam Salzmann, 20-06.25; 18. Eddie Taylor, 18-07
Shot Put: (1. Marcus Nilsson, UCLA, 47-04.50) t4. Jason DeWitt, 40-09.75, 10. Eddie Taylor, 38-07.50; 13. Adam Salzmann, 37-02.50
High Jump: (1. Dekotah Keys, UO, 6-09) t2. Jason DeWitt, 6-08; t10. Eddie Taylor, 6-00.75; t10. Adam Salzmann, 6-00.75
400-Meters: 1. Adam Salzmann, 48.59; 12. Eddie Taylor, 52.05; 15. Jason DeWitt, 53.87