Paige Dodd kept posting solid marks throughout the Cascade Collegiate Conference Multi-Event Championships, and put herself in position to possibly break Eastern Oregon’s women’s heptathlon record with a strong effort in the final event — the 800.
The program mark will have to wait until the national championship meet, but Dodd did take down the CCC Championship meet record with a final total of 4,826 points to pull away for the heptathlon title Friday afternoon on the EOU campus.
The previous meet record of 4,818 points by Southern Oregon’s Jill Carrier had stood for more than 20 years. Currently, Dodd has the No. 2 mark in the NAIA in the heptathlon, and she said there is room to keep improving.
“I did well (and) had a lot of (personal records) this week, but there are still some things I know I can rein in and get better at and develop more,” Dodd said, noting in the 800, for example, she wants to better prepare herself for the mental aspect of the race. “I think I’ve set myself up well, mentally and physically, to do better at nationals, and (on) day two I didn’t do some of the things I wanted and could have, which makes me realize I could still score big.”
Dodd, who also won the CCC championship in the heptathlon in 2017, entered the final day with a day one total of 2,994 points.
She hit a personal best of 17-feet-11-3/4 in winning the long jump and a mark of 95-feet-8 in the javelin to give her a 250-point lead and a shot at Talia Hackney’s program record of 4,934 points.
Dodd’s time of 2:31.27, which put her in seventh in the 800, didn’t garner her enough points to pass the record, but did give her some extra incentive headed into nationals in late May.
Olivia Lane, who finished fourth overall with 4,476 points, won the 800 in a time of 2:21.09. She finished 229 points ahead of her previous heptathlon score. In addition to winning the 800 Friday, Lane was third in the long jump with a personal record of 16-feet-7-3/4 and sixth in the javelin (85-feet-4). She finished the first day with 2,688 points.
And did so on her 22nd birthday.
“I definitely PR’d by a lot more than I thought I would,” Lane said. “The 800 is my race. I was pretty nervous before it, but having Loghan (Sprauer from SOU) there to push me the last 300 helped me to get the time I
“Best way to spend a birthday — doing a hep,” she added.
Lane’s mark puts her at No. 5 in the heptathlon in EOU history, and No. 10 in the nation this spring.
Cheyanne Collins finished 10th with 3,614 points. She entered the day with 2,260 points and added marks of 14-feet-11-1/2 in the long jump, 76-feet-3 in the javelin and 2:40.94 in the 800.
“The competition in general was really good,” Head Coach Ben Welch said, noting Lane’s score would have won the last two years. “It was an outstanding competition.”
On the men’s side, Jonah Coats finished in a tie for sixth in the decathlon with 5,566 points, while teammate Sam Roddewig came in ninth with 5,087 points. Coats, who had 2,891 points after five events in day one, took ninth in the 110 hurdles (17.45 seconds) and seventh in the discus (87-feet-2), tied for second in the high jump (14-feet-3-1/4), and was third in the javelin (135-feet-5) and ninth in the 1,500 (5:06.40).
Roddewig, who had 2,845 points after day one, placed seventh in the 110 hurdles (17.24), sixth in the discus (102-feet-0), third in the javelin (144-feet-2) and sixth in the 1,500 (4:43.80). Roddewig missed on all three attempts in the pole vault.
“Both (Jonah) and Sam have been making good strides,” Welch said. “They (did) a good job, and this is a good field on the men’s side.”