Two Western athletes are first-day leaders at Spring Forward Multi-Events Meet

Josh Freeman

April 2, 2005

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Two Western Washington University athletes, Josh Freeman (Sr., Bainbridge Island) and LeAnne Evans (Jr., Steilacoom), are the leaders in the decathlon and heptathlon, respectively, after first-day action Saturday at the Vikings' Spring Forward Multi-Events Meet being held at Civic Stadium.

Freeman, the defending champion, posted the best marks in four of the first five events for a point total of 3,317. Saint Martin's Josh Timmer is second at 3,062 and Western's Bryan Lucke (Fr., Snohomish/Monroe) is third at 3,006.

Freeman ran the 100 meters in 11.37 (780), had marks of 20-2 1/2 (621) in the long jump, 41-5 1/4 (645) in the shot put and 5-5 3/4 (520) in the high jump, and had a 51.40 clocking (751) in the 400.

Evans, who is seeking her third straight title, has a one-point lead over Adelle Johns of the Kajaks Track Club, 2,513 to 2,512. British Columbia's Cloe Hewitt is third at 2,464, with the Vikings' Jackie McCall (Jr., Spokane/Medical Lake) fourth at 2,320.

Evans won as an unattached athlete in 2004 and representing Western in 2003. McCall placed second last year.

Completing the heptathlon field are Seattle Pacific's Kristan Janney (2,089), followed by four Central Washington athletes - Tiffany Quilter (2,072), Maureen Field (1,892), Jennifer Newland (1,856) and Stephanie Druktenis (1,760).

Evans had times of 16.00 (714) in the 100 hurdles and 27.28 (689) in the 200, and posted marks of 4-9 3/4 (588) in the high jump and 32-5 1/2 (522) in the shot put.

Competition begins Sunday at 10 a.m. The five remaining events in the decathlon are the 110 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500. The three events left in the heptathlon are the long jump, javelin and 800.