June 9, 2010
EUGENE, Ore. - Cal State Northridge junior Desirae Gonder scored 3,067 points on the opening day of the seven-event heptathlon and is 19th place heading into day two on Thursday at the NCAA Championships at Oregon's Hayward Field.
Gonder, who came into the championship with a career-best point total of 5,512, needs 2,446 points over the final three events on Thursday to establish a new career-best in the two-day event.
On Wednesday, she finished 21st in the opening event, the 100 meter hurdles to pick up 907 points, her best of the day. Gonder ran a time of 14.51 which is well of her season and career-best of 14.07. She then moved on to arguably her best event, the high jump, and finished tied for seventh with a best clearance of 5-6.50 (1.69). Gonder had three chances at 5-7.75 but missed on all three attempts but still earned a solid 842 points.
She then was 20th in the shot put with a best throw of 29-9.50 (9.08) which earned her 469 points. Gonder capped the opening day's events with a 12th-place showing in the 200 meters (25.42) which earned her an additional 849 points.
Also on Wednesday, the Matador men's 4x100 relay team was disqualified in the preliminary round for passing the baton out of the zone.
Gonder completes the heptathlon on Thursday while Robert Robinson gets underway with the first five events in the decathlon. The women's 4x400 relay team will look to advance out of the preliminary round on Thursday.
2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships - Heptathlon (After four events
1. Chealsea Taylor, Alabama (3619)
2. Brianne Theisen, Oregon (3615)
3. Kiani Profit, Maryland (3383)
4. Dorcas Akinniyi, Wisconsin (3364)
5. Barbara Nwaba, UC Santa Barbara (3361)
6. Chantae McMillan, Nebraska (3341)
7. Uhunoma Osuzuwa, Syracuse (3332)
8. Cassie Merkley, Idaho State (3314)
9. Precious Nwokey, Kentucky (3305)
10. Diana Dumitrescu, Kent State (3296)
11. Heather Zander, North Dakota State (3245)
12. Megan Wheatley, Nebraska (3244)
13. Olimpia Nowak, Northern Iowa (3238)
14. Laquinta Aaron, Mississippi State (3213)
15. Lucie Ondraschkova, Georgia (3213)
16. Daphne Fitzpatrick, Texas A&M (3106)
17. Buky Bamigboye, Vanderbilt (3081)
18. Whitney Carlson, North Dakota State (3069)
19. Desirae Gonder, Northridge (3067)
20. Maddie Buttinger, Notre Dame (3051)
21. Ryann Krais, UCLA (2978)
--. Ulrike Hartz, Idaho (DNF)
--. Liane Weber, Clemson (DNF)
--. Sandy Fortner, New Mexico (DNF)
- GO MATADORS -