John Strang Wins The Decathlon To Lead Utah State At WAC Track And Field Championships
May 10, 2007
FRESNO, Calif. - Utah State claimed top honors in the multi-event competition on the men's side for the second straight year at the Western Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships as John Strang won the decathlon, while Carrie Yost finished second in the heptathlon here on Thursday.
Both competitors recorded personal bests during the two-day event, as Strang finished with 6,770 points and Yost finished with 4,947 points. Logan Moore won the decathlon for Utah State at the 2006 WAC Championships with 5,439 points.
Strang, a sophomore from Hawthorne, N.J., started day two the same way he concluded day one, as he finished first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.78. He than placed fifth in the discus (108-00), third in the pole vault (13-05.25), fourth in the javelin (141-09), and third in the 1500-meters (5:09.15) to record the win.
Overall, Strang won five of the 10 events competed in during the two-day competition as he placed first in the100-meters (10.85), long jump (21-10.75), high jump (6-08.25) and 400-meters (51.35) on Wednesday, along with a fifth-place finish in the shot put (33-11.50).
Yost, a junior from McCammon, Idaho, started day two of the heptathlon with a first-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 18-03.25, followed by a 10th-place finish in the javelin (94-03), and a sixth-place finish in the 800-meters (2:33.78). During the first day of competition, Yost finished second in the shot put (38-00.75), third in the 100-meter hurdles (14.73), third in the high jump (5-07.75), and fifth in the 200-meters (26.39).
Sophomore Jennifer Schiess (Kaysville, Utah) and junior Aimee Sauvageau (Pleasant View, Utah) also competed for Utah State in the heptathlon and finished in ninth and 10th-place respectively with 4,182 points for Schiess and 3,933 points for Sauvageau.
The 2007 WAC Championships will continue on Friday as the field events will begin at 12:30 p.m. (PT) with the men's hammer throw, followed by the start of the running events which will begin at 2 p.m. (PT) with the women's 1500-meters.
Decathlon Results 1. John Strang, Utah State (6770) 2. Evan Young, Fresno State (6659) 3. Ian Snook, Idaho (6149) 4. Eric Demers, Boise State (5154) 5. Derek Garza, Fresno State (4656) 6. Heigo Nurmsalu, Boise State (3283)