The Shocker multis shined on day two of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Austin Bahner smashed his own WSU Decathlon record, while Tanya Friesen started her heptathlon on record setting pace.
A Wichita native, Bahner broke his own decathlon record, set earlier this season by almost 250 points when he posted a WSU record 7,847 points in the decathlon. This performance earned Bahner 10th place as he captured NCAA Second-Team All-American honors for the second time in 2013.
Bahner began day two of his decathlon with the fastest wind legal 110m hurdle time of his career (15.49). The Wichita Heights graduate scored 791 points and held 14th place after six events.
In his second event of the day, Bahner launched a personal best of 160-7 in the discus throw. Bahner’s toss ranked second in the competition and added 849 points to his total. The junior ranked eighth after seven events.
After slipping a few spots in the pole vault, Bahner responded with a personal best of 187-4 in the javelin to score 694 more points. He held ninth place entering his final event.
In his final event of the season, Bahner posted a PR of 4:38.45 in the 1,500m run. Bahner set new personal bests in six of his 10 events en route to his Shocker record, 7,847 point score.
Tanya Friesen started her heptathlon with a personal best of 13.83 in the 100m hurdles. This performance ranks Friesen sixth all-time in the event at WSU. She holds top-10 spots in four outdoor events at WSU.
In her second event of the day, Friesen cleared 5-10 in the high jump to score 953 points. The senior finished second among her fellow heptathletes in this event to move up into fourth place overall.
After a throw of 36-1 ¼ in the shot put, Friesen concluded her first day with a new personal best of 24.45 in the 200m dash. She ranks seventh entering day two of her heptathlon with a score of 3,489 points. Less than 100 points separate second and seventh places.
Friesen will finish her heptathlon on Friday beginning at 2:30 p.m. central time. The Buhler, Kan. native will compete in the long jump, the javelin and the 800m on her final day of competition.
Fellow seniors, Tomas Cotter and Aliphine Tuliamuk- Bolton will also run in the final race of their Shocker careers. After a qualifying performance on Wednesday night, Cotter will run in the 3,000m steeplechase finals at 7:40 p.m. Tuliamuk-Bolton will run the final collegiate race of her hall of fame career, the 5,000m, at 8:15 p.m.