BYU's Shauna Rohbock has won the heptathlon and Fresno State's C.J. Nakayama has won the decathlon at the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Both athletes won their titles Thursday without finishing first in any individual events.Nakayama's 6,715 points in the decathlon was a personal best, and the freshman from Clovis, Calif., set personal bests in each one of Thursday's final five events.
He had the second-fastest 400-meter time of 49.61 seconds, and also was second among the nine competitors in the 110-meter hurdles (15.66) and javelin (169 feet, 7 inches).
"It made the whole meet for me, especially with yesterday's slow start," he said.
Rohbock's 5,262 points in the heptathlon helped her team to an early lead in the women's competition.
She had runner-up finishes in the 100 hurdles, shot put and javelin to finish 116 points ahead of San Diego State's Makaila Frary's second-place total of 5,146.
Heading into the final event, the 800 meters, Rohbock held nearly a 300-point lead and knew she had to stay within 23 seconds of Frary to win. Frary won the 800 meters, scoring 908 points with a fine time of 2:13.91, but Rohbock set a personal best with a time of 2:27.11 to capture BYU's sixth heptathlon title in eight years.
"I wanted to run slower, but I knew I had to stay close to Frary," said Rohbock, who was third behind teammates Tiffany Lott and Marsha Mark last year.
Lott and Mark, who have both qualified automatically for next month's NCAA Championships in Buffalo in the heptathlon, are concentrating on individual events in Houston.
Rohbock started slowly in the two-day competition with a 14.76 time in the 100 hurdles, nearly a second behind her personal best of 13.98.