Falcons flourish in Oregon

True champions always find a way to win. This message is on the forefront of many athlete’s minds when they are engaged in competition.

Seattle Pacific heptathlete Linda Blake must have had that thought on her mind as she leapt from fourth to first place in the final three events of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference heptathlon held in Monmouth, Ore. The victory kept the conference title with SPU for the third consecutive year and qualified Blake provisionally for nationals. Teammate Kristin Janney finished the competition in third and qualified for nationals as well.

The first day of competition had the women competing in the 100-meter hurdles, shot put, high jump and 200 meters. Blake posted a personal record in the 100-meter hurdles and season-best marks in the remaining three events.

Janney jumped a personal record in the high jump and ran a season-best in the 200 meters. Despite their efforts, Blake and Janney finished the first day third and fourth, respectively.

The second day of competition featured the long jump, javelin throw and 800-meter race. Blake was able to take over the lead after the javelin throw and then she held on to the lead with a second place finish in the 800 meters.

Janney moved in to third by beating out the first day leader in the 800 meters.

Blake’s final score was 4593, which was 147 points higher than her previous best total. Janney finished with 4446 points, four better than the fourth place finisher.

On the men’s side of the competition, freshman Dan Larimer finished the decathlon in sixth place with 4936. Larimer finished on a good note by placing second in the 1500-meter race.

The remaining events will have their conference finals in two weeks in Monmouth, Ore., at the same site where the decathlon and heptathlon were held. Blake and Janney helped the women’s team by giving them 16 points toward the team conference scores.

The team will be in Bellingham next weekend competing in the Western Washington Twilight.

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Title: Falcons flourish in Oregon | Author: Grant Ludwick | Section: Sports | Published Date: 2004-04-28 | Internal ID: 3950