SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – UC San Diego’s Linda Rainwater and Robert Nooney of ChicoState are in the lead after first day of multi-events at the 2007 CCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The 2007 conference championship meet is being held at San FranciscoState’s Cox Stadium where UCSD is the defending women’s champion while CSUC is the defending champion on the men’s side.
In the heptathlon, Rainwater scored 2,876 points after four events, ahead of ChicoState’s Elle Cruikshank by 153 points. Rainwater finished first in the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 5 3/4 inches and second in both the 100-meter hurdles (15.42 seconds) and the shot put (33-10 3/4).
Cruikshank, who entered the week ninth in country, had the top shot put mark with a toss of 34-11. Cruikshank had turned in a total of 4,667 earlier in the year.
Samantha Belvini of UC San Diego is in third after Thursday’s competition with a score of 2,502. Kayleigh Knudson, also of UCSD, is in fourth (2,486) ahead of San FranciscoState’s Kristen Para (2,289).
The heptathlon competition continues on Friday with the long jump, javelin and the 800-meter run. Friday’s decathlon events are 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run.
Nooney tallied 3,350 points in the men’s decathlon, edging teammate Jake Nelson by eight points after five events. Nooney finished third in four of five events, placing first in the 100-meter (11.27) and second in both the long jump (21-6) and the 400-meter run (51.32). Nooney’s toss of 34 feet, 1/4 inch in the shot put was good for third.
Nelson had the top mark in the long jump with a 21-6 1/4 and was second in both the 100-meter and high jump.
Cal State Stanislaus’ Bryan Robbins and Kevin Bull are in third and fourth, respectively while HumboldtState’s Bryan Valle rounds out the top five in the current decathlon standings.
The CCAA Track & Field Championship continues on Friday, beginning at at Cox Stadium.
Courtesy: UCSD Freshman Linda Rainwater leads after day one of the heptathlon at the 2007 CCAA Championships.