Pioneers had incredible performances with top 20 finishes at the Boxer Combined Even

Pioneers had incredible performances with top 20 finishes at the Boxer Combined Even

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- The Pioneers had five athletes represent at the Boxer Combined Event. Rachelle Locey, Morgan Taylor, Jessica Cerne, and Maddie Thomas participated in the women's heptathlon while Sam Johnson participated in the men's decathlon. Locey, Taylor, Cerne and Johnson finished overall in the top 20 of their event which was a huge success for the Pioneers. 

Taylor finished in the top 10 for all of her events except three. Taylor finished with the heptathlon 800 only .2 seconds off from her current personal best with a time of 2:30.43. Taylor had a personal best in three of her events, and finised no. 9 in the overall heptathlon. 

Cerne had four events where she finished in the top 20 in her events. She had a great performance in javelin where she threw a 35.00m to put her in second place for that event. Cerne also had two personal bests for the day. Her first new personal best was in long jump with a distance of 4.32m, and her second was her incredible performance in javelin. Cerne finished overall in 19th place. 

Thomas had two events where she finished top 20 in her events. Thomas also had two personal bests for the day. Thomas had a personal best in the heptathlon 100 hurdles with a time of 20.25 seconds, and she also had a personal best in the heptathlon javelin with a throw of 20.74. Thomas finished in 25th place overall. 

Johnson finished top 20 in all of his events, and even tied his personal best in pole vault with a height of 2.45m. Johnson finished no. 12 overall for the men's decathlon long jump, and finished no. 17 for men's decathlon shot put with a throw of 5.65m. Johnson's best events of the day were the decathlon 100 dash, 110 decathlon hurdles, and decathlon 400 dash. Overall, Johnson finished no. 14 in the men's decathlon. 

Locey finished top 25 in all of her events, and even had a personal best in the 100 hurdles. Locey finished no. 5 in the women's heptathlon 200 dash, and no. 15 in the heptathlon 800. Locey jumped 4.69m in the women's heptathlon long jump which helped her finish in 15th place for long jump. Locey finished no. 15 overall in the women's heptathlon. 

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Key Moments

Taylor had a great performance for the day overall with three personal bests throughout the day. Taylor had a personal best with a throw of 9.11m which helped her finish no. 10 in shotput. In the heptathlon 200 dash, Taylor beat her old best time by .6 seconds with a new personal best at 27.10 seconds. Lastly, Taylor's third new personal best was in the heptathlon javelin throw with a throw of 32.20m. 

The best events for Johnson were the 100 dash in which he had a new personal best with a time of 11.59 seconds. Johnson was close to having another personal best in 110 hurdles today, but he finished .6 seconds off from his best time. Johnson also finished with a pole vault of 2.45m which tied his personal best in pole vault. 

Locey had an incredible race in the heptathlon 100 hurdles, and she ended up having a personal best with a time of 15.9 seconds. Locey finished sixth in that event, and she also tied her personal best in high jump with a height of 1.37m. 

Deeper Look

  • Locey has a new career-best in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.9 seconds
  • Johnson also has a new best time as a Pio in the 100 dash with a time of 11.59 seconds
  • This event was Locey's first heptathlon in her collegiate career 
  • Cerne ended with two new personal bests 
  • This was also Johnson's first decathlon in his collegiate career
  • Taylor had three new personal bests 
  • Thomas had two personal bests for the day

Looking Ahead 

The Pioneers compete in the Boxer Open this weekend on Mar. 30 with events starting at 9 a.m.