TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Colorado sophomore Jason DeWitt placed seventh in the decathlon to led the Buffs' track and field team at the Jim Click Combined Events on Friday at Drachman Stadium.
DeWitt recorded a personal best score of 6,671 points and had four PRs during the second day of action. He started off by clocking 15.52 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles (the only event in he did not PR in on Friday). DeWitt's next event, the discus, saw him record a toss of 112 feet, five inches. His best event of the day was the pole vault where he tied for fourth after clearing 14-05.25. DeWitt threw the javelin 148-02 and finished the day running the 1,500 in 4:57.36.
"I am incredibly overwhelmed with the performances my teammates and I were able to accomplish the last couple days," DeWitt said. "I am very grateful for getting this opportunity to come out here and compete with some incredible talent. This was a huge improvement for me and I can't wait to continue this journey and see what happens next."
Senior Eddie Taylor placed 12th in the meet with 6,200 points. Taylor's best event of the day was the 1,500 as he finished third overall in 4:51.98. Teammate and senior Adam Salzmann did not finish the meet.
The CU women were lead by sophomore Genny Mayden who picked up an eight-place finish with a lifetime best 5,171 points. Teammate and junior Brianne Beemer placed ninth, just 13 points behind Mayden (5,158).
Mayden tied her personal best in the long jump, leaping 18-04.50 to tie for seventh. She launched a PR in the javelin throw with a mark of 127-01, which placed fourth overall. Mayden finished strong in the 800, crossing the finish 19th in 2:28.60.
"I am absolutely ecstatic about how this multi went," Mayden said. "I had some huge PR's which was so exciting, but I think that all the girls finished with pr's as well. Our team was incredibly cohesive and supportive of one anther and I believe that speaks to our success more than anything. Everyone of us is leaving Tucson with something to be proud of and I'm so happy to be a part of this group. None of us would be as successful without the others, and we're all excited to gear up for conference."
Beemer also recorded a PR at the meet with 5,128 points. She had a mark of 17-00 in the long jump and threw the javelin 106-05. Beemer finished the meet by placing third in the 800 (2:12.36).
There were five other CU women who finished the meet. Katie Dreher was 14th (4,983), Brittany Lewis took 16th (4,919), Alyssa Frank placed 17th (4,844), Gwen Ricco was 20th (4,458) and Holly Odneal took 24th overall (3,672).
CU combined events coach Lindsey Malone was extremely pleased with the performances from her team this weekend.
"Jason DeWitt earned a 1,000-point personal record in his first decathlon as a sophomore," she said. "I am very impressed with our team's combined event debut and look forward to five more weeks of training before conference. This was an excellent meet and a wonderful opportunity for us to open our combined event season.
"We are incredibly fortunate to have had such a successful meet. Genny Mayden and Alyssa Frank had the meet of their lives. Genny took the field by storm on day two earning 5,171 points as a sophomore. Alyssa achieved new lifetime personal records in each of the seven events which is an enormous accomplishment. Bri Beemer, Katie Dreher and Brittany Lewis also earned new lifetime heptathlon records as well. We have an incredibly tough women's team with five women from 4,844 points thru 5,171 points."
Frank redshirted the 2011 season, so this was her first heptathlon in almost two years and she was very happy with her performance.
"I exceeded my expectations by simple trusting my capabilities, enjoying myself, and using inspirations from both inside and outside the team," Frank said. "It is surprising how a little encouragement can go a long way. I thank my coach, teammates and family for their support and giving me the confidence and positive attitude to perform at this meet."
Some members of the CU track and field team will compete on Saturday at the CSU Fum McGraw Quadrangular in Fort Collins, Colo.
2012 JIM CLICK COMBINED EVENTS
Drachman Stadium (Tucson, Ariz.)
Points: (1. Damian Warner, London Western Track & Field, 7,977) 7. Jason DeWitt, 6671; 12. Eddie Taylor, 6,200
100 Meter Hurdles: (1. Warner, 13.61) 7. DeWitt, 15.52; 11. Salzmann, 15.96; 14. Taylor, 16.37
Discus Throw: (1. Patrick Arbour, Ottawa Lions, 155-09) 10. DeWitt, 112-05; 11. Salzmann, 122-03; 12. Taylor, 108-00
Pole Vault: (1. Jake Arnold, Asics, 16-00.75) t4. DeWitt, 14-05.25; t9. Taylor, 13-05.25
Javelin: (1. Arbour, 193-06) 11. DeWitt, 148-02; 14. Taylor, 120-08
1,500 Meters: (1. Matt Harmeyer, ISU, 4:29.40) 3. Taylor, 4:51.98; 6. DeWitt, 4:57.36
Points: (1. Bettie Wade, Nike, 6,143) 8. Genny Mayden, 5,171; 9. Brianne Beemer, 5,158; 14. Katie Dreher, 4,983; 16. Brittany Lewis, 4,919; 17. Alyssa Frank, 4,844; 20. Gwen Ricco, 4,458; 24. Holly Odneal, 3,672.
Long Jump: (1. Wade, 20-05.00) t7. Mayden, 18-04.50; 9. Lewis, 18-03; 13. Dreher, 18-00.25; 18. Frank, 17-01.50; 19. Beemer, 17-00; 23. Ricco, 15-11.50; 24. Odneal, 15-07.50.
Javelin: (1. Liana Fuentes, UA, 144-00) 4. Mayden, 127-01; 8. Dreher, 109-03; 9. Ricco, 108-10; 11. Beemer, 106-05; 12. Frank, 105-10; 13. Lewis, 104-11; 15. Odneal, 101-04
800 Meters: (1. Keia Pinnick, ASU, 2:10.78) 3. Beemer, 2:12.36; 6. Dreher, 2:19.34; 12. Lewis, 2:21.90; 14. Ricco, 2:25.48; 15. Frank, 2:25.50; 19. Mayden, 2:28.60; 23. Odneal 2:35.53