Clackamas' Venzon and Lane's Hamming crowned multi-event champions
|Clackamas freshman Elizabeth Venzon & Lane freshman Dylan Hamming came from behind on day 1 to capture the heptathlon and decathlon championships.|
OREGON CITY, OR -- Personal records were hallmarks of both the NWAACC decathlon and heptathlon champions crowned today in Oregon City.
Lane freshman Dylan Hamming recorded seven personal best performances on the ten events, including three in the final three competitions to surpass day one leaders Spokane freshman Reuben Clark and Clackamas freshman Seth Buck.
Clark enjoyed a 130 point lead over second place Hamming through seven events (213 over Buck), but the lead quickly evaporated in the javelin where Buck tossed a meet high 184' 7" to climb back into the title hunt while Hamming took over the lead with a throw of 177' 7" to Clark's 147' 3".
Hamming's throw was a personal best by 30 feet and greatly reduced the impact Buck's throw had on the leaderboard.
The final event - the 1500m run - provided a dramatic end to the day as a total of just 51 points separated the top three - and only six points between first place Hamming and second place Clark.
Hamming put his stamp on title, defeating a still hopeful Buck by nearly five seconds and Clark by 11.82 seconds.
Clark held on to second place by the narrowest of margins to finish one point ahead of Buck who had to settle for third place.
Not to be out-shadowed, the heptathlon also proved to be just as exciting in the final event as Venzon and day one leader, Lane freshman, Kara Hallock battled down to the wire for the championship.
Hallock had a commanding 268 point lead over Venzon after five events, but Venzon gained huge ground in the javelin (event 5) with a 20 foot personal record to reduce the point deficit to just 17 heading into the final event, the 800m run.
Hallock led the pack in the 800 much of the way through the first lap & half until Venzon turned on the burners with about 200 meters remaining and raced across the finish line to defeat a gassed Hallock by nearly five seconds to claim the title.
Venzon's event total of 4658 is the seventh best NWAACC mark in the championship while Hallock's mark of 4614 stands as the ninth best at the event.
Not since 2004, when three competitors - including record holder Katie Miller (Clark College) - has the heptathlon featured multiple top ten performances.
Team points from the multi-events will carry forward to the remaining track and field events that will take place at Spokane Falls CC on May 20-21 [championship website].
Lane gained 22 team points from the team's four top ten finishes in the decathlon while Clackamas scored 19pts from the school's three top ten placers in the heptathlon.
|Team Points Earned from Multi-Events|
|Lane (4)||22 pts||Clackamas (3)||19 pts|
|Spokane (2)||10 pts||Lane (3)||13 pts|
|Clackamas (1)||8 pts||Spokane (1)||6 pts|
|SW Oregon (1)||1 pt||Olympic (1)||1 pt|
Select event photos will be available at NWAACC Facebook.