Gresham, Ore. – Sophomore Philip Noble of Treasure Valley overcame a 105 point deficit going into today’s remaining five events in the men’s multi events to pass Clackamas freshman Dominick Walker to take the Decathlon Championship.
Walker went into the day leading the field with 3475 points and continue to hold the lead until the pole vault (third event of the day) where Noble’s winning vault of 4.5m (14′ 9.16″) was 200 points better than Walker’s performance.Â The pole vault dropped Walker into third behind Lane freshman Kevin Godfrey, who scored the second best vault at 4.4m (4′ 5.22″).
Walker pulled back into second in the following event, javelin, with the second best throw of 44.35m (158′ 7.54″) just short of Lane freshman J.J Rosenburg’s toss of 49.33m (161′ 10.12″).
Noble led Walker by 115 pts going into the final event, 1500m, but left no doubt about the championship when he blew away the field with a winning time of 4:19.96, nearly five seconds faster than the 1500m runner-up, sophomore Tim Armstrong of Spokane who finished third overall.
On the women’s side, Mt Hood sophomore Crystal Sims led the competition in points from start to finish both days to take down the Heptathlon Championship.Â Sims finished in the top three in six of the seven events to earn 4305 points overall, 182 more than Spokane sophomore Taylor Cook who took second.Â
Cook started the day in fourth place but had strong performances in today’s three events, including the top javelin throw of 34.37m (112′ 9.14″).
Mt Hood freshman Catherine Sims began the day in third place and easily finished the meet in third, 244 points ahead of Clark sophomore Brooklyn Holton.
The top three finishers; Noble, Walker and Armstrong for the men and Sims, Taylor and Sims earned NWAACC All-American honors.
The remaining NWAACC Track & Field Championship events will take place on May 21-23 in Spokane.