Gauchos Begin Big West Championships Just Inside Scoring Positions
May 6, 2006
Day 1 is now completed at Cal St. Northridge of the Big West Championships Heptathlon and Decathlon competitions. Senior, Danielle DeBeaubien got off to her best start in a heptathlon putting up 2,658 points. She sits in 7th place while teammate Katie Kramer is in 9th place with 2,307 points. On the Men's side Kent Centers jumped into his first Decathlon scoring 3,312 points, good for 8th place. However, only 207 points separates him from 4th place in what should be a close battle on Day 2 for the 4th-6th positions.
Going event by event, the women's Heptathlon began with the 100m hurdles. DeBeaubien coming off a personal best 15.38 at the Cal Poly-UCSB Dual Meet last weekend ran her fastest hurdles in a multi's competition with a 15.46. Kramer came in at 16.81, just off her best of 16.66.
In the High Jump, DeBeaubien cleared 4-11 which she has consistently done throughout 2006. Kramer was a bit off her mark only able to jump 4-06.25. The third of four events on Day 1 was the Shot Put. DeBeaubien, again coming off a great Dual Meet performance tossed the sphere 33-08.25; her second best shot put in a multi's this season. Kramer tied her personal best mark of 26-08.50.
The final event of the afternoon featured the Women's 200m dash. DeBeaubien, although a bit off her best nonetheless set a multi's best clocking a 27.05. Katie Kramer blazed a seasonal best time of 26.08, the 4th fastest time of today's competition.
For the Women, Day two will feature the Long Jump, Javelin Throw and the 800m Dash. DeBeaubien, has a seasonal best 124-07, her best event of Day two, while Kramer will look to do well in two of her best events, the Long Jump where she has already gone 19-00 this year and the 800m in which she holds a personal best of 2:19.91.
Centers, in the decathlon began with the 100m Dash where he sprinted to a 11.90. Out on the Long Jump runway, hoping to jump a few more inches, Centers got out over the 20 foot mark going 20-07.25. One of his weaker events, the Shot Put had him only able to toss a 30-09.75 mark.
Then in his signature event, the High Jump, Centers cleared a seasonal best 6-08.25 to tie the best jump of the afternoon and then just missed a regional qualifying height of 6-10.75. To finish off Day 1, Centers sprinted around the oval at Cal St. Northridge in 52.48 in the 400m Dash.
He will enter Day 2 of the Decathlon only 207 points behind 4th. Three of his best events remain with his first being the 110m High Hurdles where he has a seasonal best 15.85. The third event of the afternoon, after the Discus Throw, will have him go for over fourteen feet in the Pole Vault, while after the Javelin Throw he hopes to run a sub 4:30 in the 1500m run, the final event of the Decathlon.