SALEM, Ore.—Four Puget Sound track and field athletes began competition at the Northwest Conference Multi Championships Monday, with Cameron Braithwaite leading the way for Puget Sound in the decathlon and Emily Sheldon the highest-ranked Logger in the heptathlon.
Braithwaite is sixth with 3,059 points after five events in the decathlon, one spot above Joe Cerne, who's seventh with 2,901. Braithwaite finished second in the 400 meter run with a time of 51.91 seconds – over a second faster than his season best – tallying 729 points in the event. He also finished fourth in the 100 meter dash and high jump, setting another yearly best mark in the 100 meter dash. He ran that race in 11.63 seconds.
Cerne's highest finish of the day came in the high jump despite not having competed in the event previously this outdoor season. He cleared 1.80 meters, picking up 627 points. He also set season-best marks in the long jump and the shot put, leaping for a mark of 5.71 meters and throwing for one of 9.68.
Peter Delap of Whitworth has the decathlon lead with 3,552 points. Immediately ahead of Puget Sound's two multi-athletes is Aaron Koford of Pacific, who's in fifth with 3,073 points.
In the women's heptathlon, Sheldon sits in eighth place after day one with a total of 2,225 points. She finished third in the high jump, clearing a season-best of 1.52 meters for 644 points. The sophomore also set new season-best marks in the shot put (8.42 meters) and 200 meter dash (28.62 seconds).
Erin Stumbaugh is 12th after day one of the NWC Multis. Her highest finish also came in the high jump, finishing eighth after clearing 1.43 meters for 544 points. She set season-best marks in the other three events as well.
George Fox's Charity Arn leads the heptathlon with 2,768 points, while the Bruins' Sarah Frazier is immediately ahead of Sheldon with 2,334 points in seventh place. Ahead of Stumbaugh is Molly Bond of Willamette with 2,002 points.
The Loggers' multi-event athletes will wrap up the NWC Multis Tuesday, April 15, again at Charles Bowles Track in Salem, Ore.