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June 14, 1989
Jane Frederick, seeking her ninth national title in her final year of competition, took the first-day lead in the heptathlon at the Mobil Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Houston. Frederick, 37, accumulated 3,746 points after the first four events--the 100-meter high hurdles, high jump, shotput and 200 meters--in the seven-event, two-day competition. Frederick holds a 162-point advantage over Jolanda Jones, the three-time NCAA champion from Houston. Leading the decathlon after five events was Sheldon Blockburger, former Southeastern Conference champion from Louisiana State, who had 4,453 points.
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June 14, 1990 | BARBIE LUDOVISE and Los Angeles Times, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County decathletes Sheldon Blockburger and Jay Thorson finished third and fourth, respectively, at USA/Mobil Track and Field Championships Wednesday night at Cerritos College. The top four finishers in the decathlon qualified to represent the United States at the Goodwill Games next month in Seattle, making Blockburger and Thorson understandably ecstatic. "I'm real happy.
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June 15, 1989 | Associated Press
Dave Johnson produced the highest score by an American decathlete in 13 years Wednesday night at The Athletics Congress Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Johnson, 26, accumulated 8,549 points in the 10-event, two-day competition at the University of Houston's Robertson Stadium to become the second-best performer in U.S. history, behind Bruce Jenner. Jenner totaled 8,634 points in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. The world record is 8,847 points, set by two-time Olympic gold medalist Daley Thompson of Britain in the 1984 Olympics at Los Angeles.
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July 26, 1989 | ARA NAJARIAN, Times Staff Writer
Sheldon Blockburger is finding success to be difficult. Things are going well for him, but for the life of a decathlete of national stature is not always that easy. Blockburger, 24, is possibly the best decathlete to come out of Orange County. At The Athletics Congress Outdoor Track & Field Meet in June he set the record for most points (4,453) on the first day of the decathlon. The next day, he finished second to Dave Johnson with 8,248 points--tying the 10th-best performance by an American.
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June 14, 1990 | BARBIE LUDOVISE and Los Angeles Times, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County decathletes Sheldon Blockburger and Jay Thorson finished third and fourth, respectively, at USA/Mobil Track and Field Championships Wednesday night at Cerritos College. The top four finishers in the decathlon qualified to represent the United States at the Goodwill Games next month in Seattle, making Blockburger and Thorson understandably ecstatic. "I'm real happy.
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July 26, 1989 | ARA NAJARIAN, Times Staff Writer
Sheldon Blockburger is finding success to be difficult. Things are going well for him, but for the life of a decathlete of national stature is not always that easy. Blockburger, 24, is possibly the best decathlete to come out of Orange County. At The Athletics Congress Outdoor Track & Field Meet in June he set the record for most points (4,453) on the first day of the decathlon. The next day, he finished second to Dave Johnson with 8,248 points--tying the 10th-best performance by an American.
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June 24, 1987 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Jackie Joyner-Kersee said she believes she's ready to break the world heptathlon record for the third time in less than a year, but the spirit didn't move her Tuesday. After four events at the USA/Mobil track and field championships at San Jose City College, she has 4,130 points, 15 behind the world-record pace she set last summer at the U.S. Olympic Festival at Houston. Entering the final three events today, Cindy Greiner of Eugene, Ore.
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June 28, 1992 | KIM KUTCHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jim Doehring had been there before. A strong effort in his final attempt in the men's shotput could ensure him a spot on the Olympic team. At the U.S. Olympic track and field trials Saturday at Tad Gormley Stadium, Doehring's distance of 67 feet 11 3/4 inches on his fourth attempt propelled him from eighth place to third. On his sixth and final attempt, Doehring, still in third, stepped into the ring and went 69-2, which placed him second.
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June 13, 1990 | From Staff & Wire Reports
Dan O'Brien set a world best in the decathlon long jump Tuesday and took the lead in the Mobil Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Norwalk. O'Brien, 23, of Portland, Ore., completed the first five events of the demanding 10-event competition with 4,656 points. The previous first-day best by an American was 4,526, set by 1968 Olympic gold medalist Bill Toomey at the Mexico City Games. Toomey's total, however, will stand as the American record, because O'Brien's performance was wind-aided.
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June 4, 1987 | MAL FLORENCE, Times Staff Writer
UCLA's Jim Connolly is within striking distance of the leaders at the halfway point of the NCAA decathlon competition. The son of Olympic gold medalists Harold and Olga Connolly, Jim was third with 4,158 points after five events Wednesday night at Bernie Moore Stadium. Ahead of him are LSU's Sheldon Blockburger (4,266 points) and George Mason's Rob Muzzio (4,173), a two-time winner. His Bruin teammates are also coming along on schedule in qualifying for later finals with no major mishaps.
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June 15, 1989 | Associated Press
Dave Johnson produced the highest score by an American decathlete in 13 years Wednesday night at The Athletics Congress Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Johnson, 26, accumulated 8,549 points in the 10-event, two-day competition at the University of Houston's Robertson Stadium to become the second-best performer in U.S. history, behind Bruce Jenner. Jenner totaled 8,634 points in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. The world record is 8,847 points, set by two-time Olympic gold medalist Daley Thompson of Britain in the 1984 Olympics at Los Angeles.
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June 14, 1989
Jane Frederick, seeking her ninth national title in her final year of competition, took the first-day lead in the heptathlon at the Mobil Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Houston. Frederick, 37, accumulated 3,746 points after the first four events--the 100-meter high hurdles, high jump, shotput and 200 meters--in the seven-event, two-day competition. Frederick holds a 162-point advantage over Jolanda Jones, the three-time NCAA champion from Houston. Leading the decathlon after five events was Sheldon Blockburger, former Southeastern Conference champion from Louisiana State, who had 4,453 points.
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June 16, 1993 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jackie Joyner-Kersee spent much of Tuesday trying to convince her coach that she did not need to go to the hospital. Dan O'Brien spent much of the day trying to convince his coaches that he did. Come nightfall on the opening day of the USA/Mobil Track and Field Championships, both returned from Hayward Field to their hotel rooms. And while neither could say they were entirely comfortable, they were comfortably ahead in their respective multi-event competitions.
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