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Pacific 10 Track and Field Championships : Erickson of Washington Wins the Decathlon

May 18, 1985|Associated Press

TUCSON — Washington's Steve Erickson won the Pacific 10 decathlon championship Thursday night with 8,063 points.

USC's Mike Gonzales took the final event, the 1,500 meters, in 4:35.74 to finish second with 7,479 points, just ahead of Washington State's Carlos Gambetta, who had 7,403.

Erickson set a conference meet second-day point-total record of 4,001, breaking the old mark of 3,765 set in 1981 by Mark Anderson of UCLA. He also set a Washington school record.

Erickson came into the final five events in second place, 53 points behind Wednesday's first-round leader, Gambetta, but he quickly shot into the lead for good.

Erickson, a senior from Bellevue, Wash., won the 110-meter high hurdles in a time of 14.96 seconds to go ahead by 116 points as Gambetta came in last in the field of eight with a time of 16.43.

He added to his margin by winning the discus with a throw of 148 feet 2 inches, 16 feet better than Gambetta's best toss, and padded that margin by taking the pole vault at 15 feet 9 inches.

Erickson also finished second in the javelin and third in the 1,500 Thursday night. On Wednesday, he won the shotput, finished second in the 400-meter dash and was third in both the 100 meters and high jump. His worst finish was a fourth in the long jump.

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