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Three Sun Devil multi-event athletes post Top 10 NCAA scores at UA

April 02, 2011

Complete Results



The final day of action at the Jim Click Multis in Tucson came to a close on Friday afternoon with four life-time bests, three all-time Top 10 in Arizona State University scores and three marks that rank among the Top 10 nationally as five Sun Devils competed in the two-day event at Roy P. Drachman Stadium on the Arizona campus. Overall, Keia Pinnick (5,455 points) and Samantha Henderson (5,424 points) took second and third, respectively, in the women’s heptathlon and were the top collegiate finishers while Jamie Sandys (7,061 points) and Jeremy Marcinko (6,746 points) went 4-5 in the men’s decathlon.

For Pinnick and Henderson, their marks currently rank second and third, respectively, on the NCAA descending order lists while also standing third and fourth, respectively, all-time in ASU history behind only a pair of NCAA champions. On the men’s side, Sandys’ score ranks him third currently in the nation while placing him ninth on ASU’s all-time Top 10. His score also makes him just the 10th different Sun Devil man to score 7,000+ points in the decathlon.

Pinnick had a solid second day of action as she placed second in two events and posted two personal-bests. In the long jump, she scored 850 points by jumping 6.00m (19-08.25), bettering her previous heptathlon mark of 5.71m. After an eighth-place showing in the javelin (30.50m/100-01 for 486 points), Pinnick bounced back to take second in the 800m run with a time of 2:11.49, braking her own heptathlon record (2:13.99) that she ran last year while capturing 943 points.

Henderson once again opened strong as she won the long jump - her third individual heptathlon event victory of the meet - with a mark of 6.05m (19-10.25) to collect 865 points with another personal best. From there, she finished ninth in the javelin at 30.43m (99-10) for 485 points and then was seventh in the 800m run with a personal-best time of 2:35.66 (624 points).

On the men’s side, Sandys’ score was a big story as he added his name to the ASU all-time Top 10 list, marking the first time a name has been added to the decathlon ledger since 2004 and just the second time since 1986. While he placed between fifth and ninth in the first four events, Sandys scored two personal bests to keep his score rising, starting with 765 points in the 110m hurdles by running 15.72 (ninth place). From there, he was fifth in the discus (37.79m/124-00), which was a personal best; tied for ninth in the pole vault (4.20m/13-09.25) and then was sixth in the javelin (50.79m/166-08). In the final event of the day, Sandys took second in the 1,500m run to score 692 points as he ran 4:38.08, just behind his personal-best time of 4:35.38.

While Sandys did have an impressive day, perhaps the more impressive rise came from Marcinko, who rose from 14th place after the first day to finish fifth overall with 6,746 points, an improvement of 351 points on his personal best in the decathlon. Marcinko had three decathlon personal bests and one overall personal best in the first four events. His decathlon personal bests came in the 110m hurdles (15.59, eighth place); the pole vault (4.90m/16-0.75, second place) and the javelin (48.99m/160-09, eighth place) while setting an overall best in the discus (37.99m/124-08, fourth place). In the final event of the day, he ran 4:47.93 to finish fifth overall in the 1,500m run to secure his finish in fifth place overall and a improvement of nine places from the day before.

Austin Prince also was in the decathlon, but a no height in the pole vault and did not finish result in the 1,500m run kept his score at 5,394 points, placing him 14th out of the 16 competitors. Prince did record a decathlon personal best in the 110m hurdles by running 16.90 and set an overall personal best in the discus with a toss of 34.53m (113-03). Despite the no height in the pole vault, Prince did remain in the competition and was seventh in the javelin with a toss of 49.19m (161-05) before pulling out mid-way through the 1,500m run.

The 32nd Sun Angel Track Classic awaits the Sun Devils next weekend at home as both high school and collegiate teams will be on hand for the annual event. The high school portion leads off with events all day on Thursday before the collegiate hammer and pole vault competitions take center stage on Friday. All other collegiate events and the finals of selected high school finals will be held on Saturday.

2011 Jim Click Multis
Arizona State scores ONLY
Day Two • Thursday, April 1
Women’s Heptathlon
2. Keia Pinnick • 5,455 points (PR) • #3 all-time in ASU history
3. Samantha Henderson • 5,424 points (PR) • #4 all-time in ASU history

Pinnick - Day 2
#5 • Long Jump • 2nd place • 6.00m/19-08.25 (+1.3) • 850 points (MPR)
#6 • Javelin • 8th place • 30.50m/100-01 • 486 points
#7 • 800m Run • 2nd place • 2:11.48 • 943 points (PR & ASU heptathlon record)

Henderson - Day 2
#5 • Long Jump • 1st place • 6.05m/19-10.25 (+0.9) • 865 points (PR)
#6 • Javelin • 9th place • 30.43m/99-10 • 485 points
#7 • 800m Run • 7th place • 2:35.66 • 624 points (PR)

Men’s Decathlon
4. Jamie Sandys • 7,061 points (PR) • #9 all-time in ASU history
5. Jeremy Marcinko • 6,746 points (PR)
14. Austin Prince • 5,394 points

Sandys - Day 2
#6 • 110m Hurdles • 9th place • 15.72 (+0.4) • 765 points
#7 • Discus • 5th place • 37.79m/124-00 • 620 points (PR)
#8 • Pole Vault • t-9th place • 4.20m/13-09.25 • 673 points
#9 • Javelin • 6th place • 50.79m/166-08 • 600 points (PR)
#10 • 1,500m Run • 2nd place • 4:38.08 • 692 points

Marcinko - Day 2
#6 • 110m Hurdles • 8th place • 15.59 (-1.3) • 780 points (MPR)
#7 • Discus • 4th place • 37.99m/124-08 • 624 points (PR)
#8 • Pole Vault • 2nd place • 4.90m/16-00.75 • 880 points (MPR)
#9 • Javelin • 8th place • 48.99m/160-09 • 574 points (MPR)
#10 • 1,500m Run • 5th place • 4:47.93 • 631 points

Prince - Day 2
#6 • 110m Hurdles • 14th place • 16.90 (-1.3) • 635 points (MPR)
#7 • Discus • 9th place • 34.53m/113-03 • 554 points (PR)
#8 • Pole Vault • no height
#9 • Javelin • 7th place • 49.19m/161-05 • 577 points
#10 • 1,500m Run • did not finish

(PR) indicates personal record score/mark attained; (MPR) indicates personal record in multi-event competition only