WWU's Harrison fifth in GNAC decathlon, 178 points behind leader
April 30, 2012
ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Western Washington University's Alex Harrison (Sr., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) is fifth in the decathlon, just 178 points behind the leader, following 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.
Harrison completed the first five events with 3,283 points. He ran the 100 meters in 11.54, had marks of 20-2 in the long jump, 44-1/2 in the shot put and 5-7 3/4 in the high jump, and completed the 400 in 53.35.
Just 10 days ago, Harrison set a school record in the decathlon with a NCAA Division II national provisional qualifying point total of 6,772. His best day in the decathlon has traditionally been the second.
The first-day leader among the field of 15 with 3,461 points is Central's Jason Caryl, who had event bests in the 100 (11.18) and shot put (39-1/2).
In the heptathlon, the Vikings have three competitors among the top 10 in a field of 19.
WWU's Katie Reichert (Fr., Kelso) is ninth with 2,539 points and Emily Stralser (So., Cheney) is 13th with 2,302 points.
Seattle Pacific's Ali Worthen leads by nearly 300 points with a total 3,152. She has the top times in both the 100 hurdles (14.30) and 200 (25.47), and the second-best marks in both the high jump (5-5) and shot put (35-2 1/2).
Action begins Tuesday at 10 a.m.
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