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Junior Kelsea Johnson, who is currently ranked 13th in the country, is fourth at the GNAC championships in the heptathlon after four events.
Courtesy: Don Laczi

Johnson 4th after Day 1 of heptathlon

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 05/02/2011
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NAMPA, Ida. – Alaska Anchorage juniors Kelsea Johnson , Dianne Chong and Wyatt Morgan wrapped up Day 1 of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Multi-Event championships on Monday at the Northwest Nazarene Track & Field Facility. Johnson led the Seawolf pack with a fourth-place standing in the heptathlon.

Johnson, from Sitka, registered 2,697 points after four events – bypassing her halfway mark total from the heptathlon (2,630) at the UNLV Classic back in March. Johnson set season-bests in 100-meter hurdles (15.61) and in the shot put (33’6.75) – also a UAA season-high. Johnson finished in the top five in three events (200m, high jump and shot put).

Also competing in the heptathlon was Chong, who finished the four events in ninth place with 2,392 points. A local of Sitka, Chong posted season-best marks in the 200 meters (27.01), high jump (4’11.75) and shot put (27’8.75).

In the men’s decathlon, Morgan currently is 13th with 2,749 points, setting season-best marks in four of the five events. Morgan, a Yamhill, Ore., native, finished fifth in the 400-meter dash with a season-best time of 51.87 seconds.

Leading the championships at the conclusion of Day 1 was three Seattle Pacific athletes in the heptathlon, with Katy Gross winning with 2,981 points. Western Oregon’s Jake Hyde leads the decathlon with 3,435 points.

The second and final day of the multi-event championships will conclude on Tuesday, starting at 8 a.m. ADT.

GNAC Combined Events
Day 1 Point Totals
Men Decathlon
1.    Jake Hyde, WOU              3435
2.    Jason Caryl, CWU            3375
3.    Andy Loscutoff, WOU         3260
4.    Eric Gaines, WOU            3211
5.    Brandon Roddewig, CWU       3178
6.    Nate Johnson, SPU           3159
7.    Scott Hunter, CWU           3042
8.    Andrew Venema, CWU          3000
9.    Tim Clendaniel, WWU         2996
10.   Tim Greene, NNU             2915
11.   Thomas Steinke, CWU         2849
12.   Michael Stralser, WWU       2785
13.   Wyatt Morgan , UAA          2749
14.   Brock Steingruber, MSUB     2663
15.   Derek Hartwigsen, WWU       2640
16.   Stuart Montgomery, NNU      2622

Women Heptathlon
1.    Katy Gross, SPU             2981
2.    Crystal Sims, SPU           2979
3.    Ali Worthen, SPU            2969
4.    Kelsea Johnson , UAA        2697
5.    Marie Smith, NNU            2655
6.    Jennifer Pike, SPU          2636
7.    Rachelle Barnett, SFU       2517
8.    Brooklyn Holton, WWU        2428
9.    Dianne Chong , UAA          2392
10.   Jill Bennett, NNU           2357
11.   Ali Mosher, WOU             2275
12.   Leah Berry, MSUB            2148
13.   Siri Berg, CWU              2144
14.   Laura Pridgen, NNU          2126
15.   Melanie Davis, CWU          2055
16.   Jessica Padrinao, SFU       2024
17.   Stacey Pitt, MSUB           1990

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