Observer staff

Eastern Oregon’s Paige Dodd is in first place after Day 1 of the women’s heptathlon at the Cascade Collegiate Conference multi-event championships in Hermiston.

Dodd scored 2,627 points through four events. The sophomore holds a slim 20-point lead over Amber Von Essen, of Oregon Tech (2,607). Kami Hawkins, of College of Idaho, is third with 2,502 points.

Dodd opened by taking third in the 100-meter hurdles (16.46 seconds) to score 659 points. She followed that effort by winning the high jump (5 feet, 2-1/2) for 724 points, where she was the only athlete to clear 5 feet. She took second in the shot put (30-feet-5-1/2) to earn 482 points, and ended the day with a fourth-place finish in the 200 (26.41), scoring 762 points.

In the men’s decathlon, EOU’s Jeremiah Woods is in eighth place with 2,937 points. He trails leader Jason Bracken, of Corban (3,471), by 534 points.

Woods opened by taking 10th in the 100 (11.67, 717 points), then took ninth in the long jump (18-feet-8-1/2, 523 points). Woods picked up a boost by taking second in the shot put (43-feet-10-3/4, 690 points), which at the time moved him into a tie for fourth. He concluded with a ninth-place finish in the high jump (5-feet-3-3/4, 480 points) and taking ninth in the 400 (56.85, 527 points).

Max Fahlgren concluded Day 1 in 10th place with 2,780 points. Fahlgren opened taking eighth in the 100 (11.49, 755 points), then took 11th in the long jump (16-feet-10-3/4, 411 points) and fifth in the shot put (35-feet-2, 529 points. He finished by taking eighth in the high jump (5-feet-8-1/2, 577 points) and 10th in the 400 (57.33, 508 points).

Both events conclude Friday in Hermiston. The heptathletes finish with the long jump, javelin and the 800. The decathletes compete in the 110 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and the 1,500.