SPOKANE, Wash. -- As competitors struggled against gusty wind conditions as well as each other on the first day of the meet, Alexis Arnold and Beth Stam of George Fox each won two of the four events in the women's heptathlon with Arnold holding almost a 300-point lead ahead of the heptathlon field at the 2011 Northwest Conference Combined Events (decathlon and heptathlon) championships at Boppell Track in the Whitworth Pine Bowl.

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Arnold had the best time in the 100 hurdles (15.16) and 200 dash (26.57). Stam led all competitors in the high jump (5-1) and the shot put (37-2 1/2).

Arnold has scored 2,782 points, while Stam has accumulated 2,488 points. Willamette's Brandi Miller is in third place with 2,445 points. Host Whitworth's Tera Prosser is in eighth place with 2,120 points.

George Fox's David Dillow has a slim lead ahead of Willamette's Evin Colignon following the first day of the decathlon. Dillow has 3,433 points, while Colignon has scored 3,422. Nate Dillow of George Fox is in third place with 3,181.  

David Dillow had the day's best mark in three of the five events. He sprinted to an 11.45 in the 100 dash and reached 22-0 3/4 in the long jump. His high jump of 5-10 1/2 was also the best of the day. Colignon tossed the best shot put mark of the day (45-10) while Pacific Lutheran's Bollen Barrett ran the fastest 400 (51.24).

Whitworth's Luke Matthews (3,146), Evan Staley (3,089) and Cooper Stephens (2,932) are in fourth to sixth places, respectively.