April 6, 2009

BELLINGHAM, Wash. --- Western Washington University has the top two point makers in both the decathlon and heptathlon after first-day action Sunday in the WWU multi-events meet taking place at Bellingham's Civic Stadium.

Defending champion Clara Cook (Sr., Wenatchee) leads after four events in the heptathlon with 2,549 points, followed by teammate Michelle Howe (So., Arlington/Lakewood) with 2,413.

Tim Clendaniel (Fr., Bothell) tops the decathlon with a five-event total of 3,137 and Alex Harrison is second with 3,006.

Cook nearly had a NCAA Division II national provisional qualifying mark in the high jump, clearing 5-5 3/4 (818 points). Howe took both the 100 hurdles (15.20, 815) and 200 (26.67, 740), and Central Washington's Raquel Gonzalez had the top mark in the shot put (32-3 3/4, 520).

Gonzalez is third among nine heptathlon competitors with 2,370 points.

Clendaniel had the top performances in three events, running the 100 in 11.48 (757) and having marks of 21-2 3/4 (691) in the long jump and 5-9 3/4 (602) in the high jump. Harrison, who placed third last year, had the best time in the 400 (54.22, 631).

Central's Nick Collins is third with 2,894 points, followed by Northwest's Jason Waltman with 2,760 points. Collins tied Clendaniel for the best high jump, and Waltman had the top mark in the shot put of 40-1 1/2 (620).

Action begins Monday at 9 a.m.