Freeman drops out of decathlon at SPU Invitational

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Josh Freeman
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM
Josh Freeman
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM

May 13, 2005

SEATTLE, Wash. - With virtually no chance of bettering his provisional national qualifying mark, Western Washington University's Josh Freeman (Sr., Bainbridge Island) dropped out of the decathlon with one event left at the Seattle Pacific University Ken Foreman Invitational Multi-Events meet held at Woolsey Stadium.

Freeman, who was the first-day leader, had a total of 5,913 points after throwing the javelin 126-11.

"We wanted to save his energy, should he qualify for nationals," said Western coach Pee Wee Halsell. "If he had thrown the javelin around 130 feet, he would have run the 1,500 meters."

Freeman still finished second among five competitors, three of whom dropped out. Pacific Lutheran's Erik Jensen placed first with 6,340 points and Washington's T.J. Emmerich was third with 5,903 points.

Freeman had career bests of 6-0 in the high jump and 50.05 in the 400 on Thursday as he accumulated 3,432 points, just 32 shy of his best first-day effort. He had a personal-best of 12-7 1/2 in the pole vault on Friday.

Earlier this season, Freeman won decathlons at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and WWU Spring Forward Multi-Events meets. He had a personal-best 6,574 points at the GNAC meet, which ranks 13th nationally in NCAA Division II.

Men Decathlon
Points 100 LJ SP HJ 400 Day1 110H DT PV JT 1500
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1 Jensen, Erik 11.88 6.31m 9.38m 1.86m 52.72 15.77 32.75m 3.95m 57.04m 4:50.62
Pacific Lutheran University
Team Points: 20 6340 (675) (655) (448) (679) (694) 3151 (759) (519) (603) (693) (615)
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2 Freeman, Josh 11.44 6.17m 11.53m 1.83m 50.05 15.27 40.04m 3.85m 38.69m DQ
Western Washington Universit
Team Points: 17 5913 (765) (624) (578) (653) (812) 3432 (817) (665) (576) (423) (0)
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3 Emmerich, TJ 11.51 6.32m 9.08m 1.77m 53.09 15.48 24.44m 4.55m 40.03m 5:26.02
University of Washington
Team Points: 16 5903 (750) (657) (431) (602) (678) 3118 (792) (356) (775) (443) (419)
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4 Childress, Jason 11.89 5.93m 10.33m 1.83m 51.25 15.93 32.90m 4.35m DQ DQ
Seattle Pacific University
Team Points: 15 5139 (673) (571) (505) (653) (758) 3160 (741) (522) (716) (0) (0)
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5 Randolph, Chris 11.86 6.18m 10.81m NH DNF 15.83 DQ NH DQ DQ
Seattle Pacific University
Team Points: 14 2591 (679) (626) (534) (0) (0) 1839 (752) (0) (0) (0) (0)
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