Venzon and Hamming repeat as NWAACC Multi-Event Champions
Clackamas and Lane sophomores Elizabeth Venzon and Dylan Hamming repeated their 2013 outcomes to claim the 2014 Heptathlon and Decathlon Championships at Lane Community College in Eugene Tuesday.
Lane's Dylan Hamming and Clackamas' Elizabeth Venzon repeated their 2013 title winning performances to capture the 2014 Decathlon and Heptathlon championship.
Hamming and Venzon once again had to fend off last year's runner-ups Seth Buck of Clackamas and Lane's Kara Hallock in defense of their titles.
Hamming entered day two a point behind Olympic's Jayson Brocklesby (3544-3543) and 42 points ahead of Buck. Hamming then took the points lead over Brocklesby after placing second in the opening event, the100m Hurdles, while Buck grabbed 2nd place.
Hamming then went on to place ahead of Buck and Brocklesby in four of the five remaining events (Discus, Pole Vault, and Javelin). Buck also held leads over Brocklesby in those four events. Brocklesby capped the championship with a first place finish in the 1500 meters, but was too far behind to pull ahead of Buck for 2nd.
Hallock entered the day with a 69 point lead on Venzon and padded her lead to 160 with a first place finish in the Long Jump over second place Venzon.
But as was the case in 2013, Hallock lost significant points to Venzon in the Javelin (639pts to 371pts) allowing Venzon to take her first lead over Hallock 4179-4071.
Venzon then held on to her lead topping Hallock in the final event (800m). Her 4905 point total broke CCC's school record by 300 points and her two day total was only 83 points short of the NWAACC record.
Team points were also awarded that will be added to scores of the 2014 NWAACC Track and Field Championships in May. On the men's side, both Lane (2 participants placed) and Clackamas (3) earned 15 points while Olympic received 6.
Spokane wasn't in the mix for top two billing in the Heptathlon, but had four participants place in the top 8 to earn 16 team points. Lane earned 11 while Clackamas received 10 and Mt. Hood 2.
The NWAACC Track and Field Championships will resume at Spokane Falls Community College on May 19-20 [website].