Lane's Formolo and Spokane's Dezellem claim NWAACC Multi-Events
Eugene, OR -- Sophomores David Formolo, Lane CC (North Medford HS, Medford, OR) and Shayle Dezellem, CC of Spokane (Shadle Park HS, Spokane, WA) claimed the 2012 NWAACC Decathlon and Heptathlon Tuesday under fair weather conditions on the campus of Lane Community College in Eugene.
Formolo and Dezellem were no strangers to the event as Dezellem claimed her first league heptathlon title last season while Formolo placed second in 2011.
Dezellum came into the event as the top seed on the heptathlon performance list and cruised to a 97 point lead (2526-2429) after Monday's events over Mt Hood's Terra Zodrow who was second ranked on the performance list.
Dezellum never finished less than 4th place in any event and took four second place finishes in the seven events as she amassed 4532 points overall - a total that places her 10th highest all time for an NWAACC heptathlon. She is only the fourth woman in NWAACC history to repeat as a two-time winner of the event.
Zodrow finished with 4152 to take runner-up while Irene Moore of Olympic took third with 3918 points.
Formolo came into the event as the top scorer on the season overall behind SW Oregon's Jake Lucero (who finished 7th place), but found himself 61pts behind Spokane's Mitch Kamstra (3328-3267) after day 1 events Monday.
Kamstra took first in three of four day 1 events while Formolo took a first, two seconds and struggled with the shot put, placing tenth of twelve competitors. Formolo's Lane team mate Thomas Cranor was in third place just one point behind Formolo with 3266.
Cranor took the lead on Tuesday morning in the 110 hurdles as he beat second place Formolo by five seconds while Kamstra placed placed 11th to fall out of the top spot.
Cranor increased his lead over Formolo by 126 points (4464-4338) in the discus throw, but lost the lead when Formolo crushed the competition in the pole vault with a 14-07 jump - over four feet higher than the second place mark - to take a 5084 to 4833 lead over Cranor.
Formolo gave up some ground to Cranor in the javelin but held on in the 1500m to take a 131 point win (6177-6046) over his team mate while Kamstra claimed third place with 5636 points.
Top three finishers of this event make up part of the NWAACC Track & Field All-American team.
Points from top eight finishes in multi-events will carry over to the 2012 NWAACC Track & Field Championships. The remaining championship events will be held at Spokane Falls Community College on May 21-22nd.
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