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Track. Iuel Wins Pac-12 Heptathlon Title, Lopes Places 5th

May 8, 2016

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May 8, 2016

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Amalie Iuel scored the second-most points ever by a Trojan in the heptathlon to run away with the Pac-12 title and Lyndsey Lopes also recorded a personal-best score to place fifth at the 2016 Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships hosted by Washington at Husky Track in Seattle, Wash. today (May 8). Together Iuel (10) and Lopes (4) teamed up to score 14 points for the USC women in the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships, as the heptathlon represents the first of 21 events in the team competition. The remaining 20 events of the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships will be contested in Seattle on May 14-15.

Iuel’s seven-event total of 6,011 points was a PR of 212 points and won the competition by 431 points over Arizona’s Alyssa Thompson. Iuel moved from third to second on USC’s all-time heptathlon list and she is now just 68 points behind the school record of 6,079 set by Wendy Brown in 1988. Iuel also moved into seventh place on the all-time Pac-12 heptathlon list. Iuel also won the conference heptathlon title in 2014 and finished third in 2015.

Lopes’ total of 5,277 points was a PR of 208 points and was good for fifth, tops among freshmen. Her first collegiate heptathlon was just 101 points behind Iuel’s total of 5,378 as a freshman in 2014 which won the conference title.

“I felt strong in the high jump as well as the 200,” said Iuel. “The 800 was also a good race for me, however the javelin and the shot put are something I definitely need to work on. The javelin, especially, has been a struggle the past three years and it’s something I’ve got to work on definitely. If I can get some work in there I’ll be good for nationals. I think I’m most proud of the high jump. Coach (Sheldon Blockburger) has been on a very long streak of six-foot high jumpers and he put quite a lot of pressure on me when he said ‘Don’t end my streak, I don’t want it to end,’ so we had to keep that going, and we did.

“I want to say happy Mother’s Day to my mom, she’s in Norway right now probably sleeping, but happy Mother’s Day, Mom. (Her name is) Tina Iuel.”

The junior Iuel began the final day of the competition like she did the first day by winning event, posting the top long jump of 19-4.00/5.89m (-1.1) to earn 816 points. She won the event by 6.75 inches and extended her overall lead to 321 points. The freshman Lopes had a best jump of 17-2.75/5.25m (-1.5) to finish 10th in the event. She scored 628 points and dropped to sixth in the competition with a total of 3,912 points after five events.

The javelin throw was the first event in which Iuel did not finish in the top three as she took eighth with a best mark of 96-10 (29.51m). Iuel earned 467 points in the javelin throw and although it was her lowest score in an event in the competition, she still remained in first with 4,992 points and a 264-point lead going to the final event. Lopes placed fourth in the event with a throw of 114-9 (34.98m) to score 571 points in the javelin throw. Lopes had a total of 4,483 points and was in sixth place with one event to go, but only 34 points out of fifth place.

Iuel ran to victory in the 800m race by setting a PR of 2:06.34 to win the final event by nearly seven and one-half seconds to earn 1,019 points. Her time moved her into 10th place on USC’s all-time 800m list, the first Trojan woman to crack the school’s 800m top 10 since 2005. Lopes also finished strong with a time of 2:22.21 to take sixth in the 800m race and earn 794 points.

Iuel and Lopes had a strong two days, both setting a personal best in the heptathlon with Iuel setting four PRs in the seven events and Lopes setting two PRs.

The USC track and field team will be in action next weekend (May 14-15) in Seattle at the 2016 Pac-12 Track and Field Championships. The Championships will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

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