USU’s Noble sitting second in Decathlon after first day of action at WAC Track and Field Championships

RUSTON, La. – Utah State opened action at the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Wednesday at a windy Louisiana Tech Jim Mize Track and Field Complex in Ruston, La., in breezy fashion in the multi-events, as junior Philip Noble is second at the half-way point of the decathlon. Sophomore teammate Jon Goble is sixth in the decathlon. In the women’s heptathlon, freshman Bri Campbell leads a trio of Aggie women, in eighth-place after the first day of action.For the first time since 2007, a new decathlon champion will be crowned, as Utah State’s John Strang collected the title in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for the Aggies. However, the three-time champion was still present, as Strang is a USU assistant coach. Strang is only the second-ever three-time WAC champion in the conference’s history, joining Tito Steiner of BYU, who won the decathlon crown from 1977-79. A Utah State student-athlete has won the decathlon title in each of the last four years, as Logan Moore won it in 2006.Noble and Goble opened action in the decathlon Wednesday, in hopes of making it five-straight years of Aggie decathlon dominance, and Noble is sitting in second-place with 3,609 points at the half-way point while Goble is sixth with 3,325 points.Noble was happy with his standing after the first day.”It’s what I wanted. Tomorrow is my better day, so the fact that I had a good first day, the second day usually works out well for me,” said Noble, noting that the windy conditions didn’t bother him that much. “It didn’t affect me as much as I thought. I just had to push a little harder.”In the women’s heptathlon, Campbell was eighth with 2,693 points, while fellow freshman Shalyse Olsen was ninth with 2,569 points and junior Camille Fehlberg was 11th with 2,463 points.The decathlon started with the 100m dash, where Noble ran a USU career-best time in finishing second with a 10.96, his first time under 11 seconds as an Aggie. Goble was fourth with a season-best 11.22.Moving to the long jump, Noble was third with a distance of 6.70m (21-11.75), also a new USU career-best, while Goble was sixth with a season-best 6.11m (20-00.5) mark. Noble was also third in the shot put with a career-best 11.19m (36-08.50) mark, while Goble was fifth, logging a distance of 10.57m (34-08.25).In the high jump, Noble and Goble were part of a four-way tie for second, clearing 1.80m (5-10.75), as Noble registered another career-best.Noble was second in the 400m, clocking a career-best and palindromic 50.05, just ahead of third-place finisher Goble in 51.30.The heptathlon opened with the 100m hurdles, with Campbell running a season-best 15.19, placing fifth while Olsen was eighth in a 15.46 time and Fehlberg placed 13th with a time of 16.67.In the high jump, Campbell was second, clearing 1-67m (5-05.75), not only a season-best, but the highest by a female Aggie high jumper this season. Olsen was sixth with a height of 1.55m (5-01.00) while Fehlberg placed 10th with a 1.46m (4-09.50) clearance, season-highs for both.Fehlberg (9.98m (32-09.00)), Olsen (9.09m (29-10.00)) and Campbell (7.36m (24-01.75)) were 11-13th, respectively in the shot put, before closing out day one action with the 200m dash, where Fehlberg was seventh with a time of 26.86. Campbell was ninth with a 27.14 time and Olsen clocked a 27.90 to place 12th.The decathlon and heptathlon wrap up Thursday with the final events starting at Noon (MT). Field events and running events get underway Friday with the women’s pole vault at 11:30 a.m. (MT) and the men’s 3,000m steeplechase at 2 p.m. (MT).The Aggie men are defending their 2009 WAC Championship while the Aggie women’s team is looking to improve off last year’s fourth-place finish, their second-straight fourth-place finish.Live results for the 2010 WAC Championships are available by clicking on the “Live Results” link at ChampionshipsMay 12-15, 2010Ruston, La.Utah State ResultsMEN’S DECATHLONDay 1 points – 2. Philip Noble, 3,609 pts.; 6. Jon Goble, 3,325 pts.Dec. 100m – 2. Philip Noble, 10.96; 4. Jon Goble, 11.22.Dec. Long Jump – 3. Philip Noble, 6.70m (21-11.75); 6. Jon Goble, 6.11m (20-00.5).Dec. Shot Put – 3. Philip Noble, 11.19m (36-08.50); 5. Jon Goble, 10.57m (34-08.25).Dec. High Jump – T2. Philip Noble, 1.80m (5-10.75); T2. Jon Goble, 1.80m (5-10.75).Dec. 400m – 2. Philip Noble, 50.05; 3. Jon Goble, 51.30.WOMEN’S HEPTATHLONDay 1 Points – 8. Bri Campbell, 2,693 pts.; 9. Shalyse Olsen 2,569 pts.; 11. Camille Fehlberg, 2,463 pts.Hep. 100m Hurdles – 5. Bri Campbell, 15.19; 8. Shalyse Olsen, 15.46; 13. Camille Fehlberg, 16.67.Hep. High Jump – 2. Bri Campbell, 1-67m (5-05.75); 6. Shalyse Olsen, 1.55m (5-01.00); 10. Camille Fehlberg, 1.46m (4-09.50).Hep. Shot Put – 11. Camille Fehlberg, 9.98m (32-09.00); 12. Shalyse Olsen, 9.09m (29-10.00); 13. Bri Campbell, 7.36m (24-01.75).Hep. 200m – 7. Camille Fehlberg, 26.86; 9. Bri Campbell, 27.14; 12. Shalyse Olsen, 27.90. -USU-

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