April 10, 2008
Freshman Brandon Lattin, sophomore Jessica Duran and freshman Chelsi Friese of the Eastern Washington University track and field teams finished up day one of the multi-events competitions on Thursday (April 10) at the 37th Annual Pelluer Invitational at Woodward Field in Cheney, Wash.
On the men's side, Lattin is currently second with 3,177 points in the decathlon. The first-day leader is Christian Segota of Montana with 3,310.
On the women's side, Molly Burt of Idaho is the current female leader with 2,798 points. Duran is seventh with 2,576 points and Friese is eighth with 2,245. Last year as a freshman, Duran finished third with 4,337 points and scored 4,506 later in the year to rank third in school history.
Both defending champions are in this year's meet and will try to come from behind to win again. Baily Cox from Montana won last year's heptathlon with 4,720 points, and is currently third with 2,715 points. Chris Hicks from Montana won last year's decathlon with 6,385 points, and is also currently third this year with 3,083.
The final five events of the decathlon begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday (April 11) followed by the start of the final three events of the women's heptathlon at 10 a.m. The regular portion of the 37th Annual Pelluer Invitational will start at noon with the start of field events, with running events beginning at 4 p.m.