May 7, 2006
The first weekend of the Big West Championships concluded this afternoon with Day 2 of the Men's and Women's heptathlon and decathlon competitions. After the first weekend, the Women are in 4th with Danielle DeBeaubiens' (Sr.) 3 points and the Men currently lie in 5th place with Kent Centers' (Jr.) two points.
Beginning with the Heptathlon, DeBeaubien entered Day 2 in 7th place where she finished in 2005. Determined to improve in her senior year, she competed with a level of strong consistency that allowed her to move into 6th place ahead of Fullerton's Welborn with 4,460 points, only nine points off her lifetime best. Katie Kramer (Jr.) for the Gauchos, competing in her first Big West Championship heptathlon finished just outside of scoring in 9th place with 4,067 points.
Day two's first event the Long Jump had DeBeaubien jump just off her best at 16-06 to start well as she looked to move up from her 7th place position. Kramer, in her signature event leaped her second best jump in '06 going 18-07.25. In the Day's second event, the Javelin, DeBeaubien tossed her second best mark of 2006 going 117-05, while Kramer fell off pace for a personal best by only managing 58-06. Overall DeBeaubien had moved ahead of Welborn into 6th place by over one hundred points with the 800m remaining.
Entering the last event, DeBeaubien would need to finish within approximately five seconds of Welborn to finish in 6th place. Kramer, another one of her best events, finished 4th in the 800m in a time of 2:24.67 ending her multi competition with 4,067 points unable to grab Robbins of Cal Poly who had a strong last day. Ten seconds behind her was the battle between DeBeaubien and Welborn. Shadowing Welborn, the Senior Gaucho ran one of her toughest 800m at the end of a heptathlon finishing one second behind her rival in 2:33.61 to Welborn's 2:32.48. DeBeaubien's 648 points solidified her 6th place finish.
Deciding to go for the Decathlon only a few weeks ago, Centers on the Men's side, had him go over a respectable 6,300 points to finish in 7th place after entering Day 2 in 8th. In the Day's first event, the 110m High Hurdles, Centers had an o.k. sprint with a 16.23, just off of his seasonal best which stands at 15.85. He then got through the second event, the Discus scoring his lowest points of the Decathlon with a mark of 94-09.
Centers, then bounced back going a lifetime best in the Pole Vault of 14-03.25 to finish in 2nd place in that event. He than tossed a personal best in the Javelin Throw, 128 feet, to move into 7th place and a little less than 200 points off of Cal St. Fullerton's Turner who stood in 6th place after a great first day.
Centers looking to run under 4:30 in the 1500m could have moved into 6th if Turner slipped to 5:00 in the event and Centers could crack 4:30. Knowing this, the Gaucho would set off on pace to set himself up for such a situation. Coming through a bit slow through 400m, Centers and Maghzi of UC Irvine would break away from the field. Centers would cross the line in 2nd place just off of Maghzi's 4:25.76 in 4:27.36. Turner of Fullerton would run within the thirty second spread, finishing in 4:42.02 and keeping Centers in 7th place, nonetheless a good performance for the first time Gaucho Decathlete.
The Multi-Event Gauchos will next join the rest of the team again at Cal St. Northridge as the Big West Championships continue on Friday afternoon with the Championship prelims in most events. DeBeaubien will get after the Javelin where she is ranked 8th, while Kramer will be showcased in the Long Jump where she is currently ranked 4th with a 19-00 leap. Centers will look to get the Regional Qualifying mark of 6-10.75 in the High Jump, which he narrowly missed in Day 1 of the Decathlon, joining his teammate Jacob Maus (So.) in Utah for the West Regional Championships while also scoring big points for the Men.