April 28, 2014
ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Western Washington University's Michael Stralser (Jr., Cheney) had three personal bests in five events and is sixth among 11 competitors in the decathlon after first-day action Monday at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Multi-Events Championships being held at Tomlinson Stadium on the campus of host Central Washington University.
Michael's sister, Emily (Sr., Cheney), who had a personal best of 29-2 3/4 in the shot put, is eighth among 10 participants in the heptathlon.
Michael Stralser has 3,155 points in the decathlon, running the 100 meters in 11.54, posting marks of 19-4 in the long jump, 36-2 in the shot put, and 5-8 in the high jump, and completing the 400 in 51.84. The efforts in the shot put, high jump and 400 were all personal records.
Defending champion Cody Thomas from Alaska Anchorage leads by nearly 500 points at 3,742. He had the day's bests in the 100 (11.04), long jump (22-4 1/2), shot put (37-0) and 400 (49.94) and the second-best mark in the high jump (6-3 1/4). Thomas currently ranks sixth nationally in NCAA Division II.
Emily Stralser has 2,232 points in the heptathlon. Besides her effort in the shot put, she ran the 100 hurdles in 16.34, cleared 4-6 in the high jump and had a 28.14 clocking in the 200.
Alaska Anchorage's Karolin Anders holds a 79-point lead at 3,031, with Central Washington's Tayler Fettig second at 2,952 and UAA's Rosie Smith third at 2,778.
Smith had the day's best efforts in the 100 hurdles (14.44) and 200 (25.64), Anders in the shot put (36-0) and Fettig in the high jump (5-8).
Anders, who finished second last year, entered the competition ranked seventh nationally,
Action Tuesday begins at 9 a.m. in the decathlon and 10 a.m. in the heptathlon.
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