Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
|Vandals start well|
AZUSA, Calif. – Senior Andrew Blaser is seventh and freshman Johanna Hocketstaller is 10th after one day of action at the California Invitational/Mt. SAC Multi-Events on Wednesday, hosted by Azusa Pacific University.
Blaser holds a first-day score of 3,709 through five events in the men’s “A” decathlon section, while Hocketstaller has a four-event tally of 2,931 in the women’s “A” heptathlon.
The highlight of the day was Hocketstaller’s two-foot personal best in the shot put. Her toss of 47-11.25 (14.61m) is eighth-best in Idaho history overall in the event and was the best throw among the 33 competitors at the meet. It was also just shy of the meet record for the event.
“It’s her first full heptathlon in a while, so I’m very excited for her,” Idaho head track and field coach Julie Taylor said of Hocketstaller. “That’s a first-day PR for her, so that’s usually an indicator that the second day is going to go well, too. I knew that shot put was in her, so it was really cool she was able to get that at this meet.”
She also added times of 26.91 in the 200m and 15.75 in the 100m hurdles and cleared 4-11.5 (1.51m) in the high jump to wrap up the day. With two of her strongest events, the javelin throw and long jump, remaining on Thursday, Hocketstaller has a chance to climb even higher in the event rankings.
Blaser ran the second-fastest 100m time of the “A” section of 11.05, tied for fourth in the high jump at 6-4.25 (1.94m) and had the eighth-best 400m dash of 50.56 to open his 10-event competition. He also went 21-11.5 (6.69m) in the long jump and hit 37-11.25 (11.56m) in the shot put.
His score of 3,709 is just shy of his first-day 3,273 from the Texas Relays earlier this season, but like Hocketstaller, Blaser’s strength is in day two. His career best score is 7,037 in the event and his season high is 7,035.
Thursday’s action opens with the 110m hurdles, Blaser’s best event, and follows with the discus, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500m. Blaser has the WAC’s second-best pole vault mark of the season at 16-0.75 (4.90m), and that event also represents a strong chance to climb for the senior.
Thursday’s schedule is set to begin at 10 a.m. with the women’s long jump and at 9 a.m. with the men’s 110m hurdles.