- The Washington Times - Friday, April 3, 2009

AUSTIN, TEXAS (AP) - Michigan senior Bettie Wade won the heptathlon Thursday at the Texas Relays, securing the victory with a win in the long jump, the third event she won in the two-day competition.

Wade won the high jump and shot put on Wednesday, then won the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 5 1/4 inches. Her final total of 5,635 points put her 100 points ahead of second-place finisher Aisha Adams of Angelo State with 5,529 points.

In the men’s events, Abilene Christian senior Camille Vandendriessche won the decathlon, securing the victory in the two-day competition with wins in the pole vault and the shot put.

Vandendriessche won the shot put on Wednesday with a toss of 47 feet, 1 1/2 inches and the pole vault on Thursday, clearing a height of 16 feet, 2 3/4 inches.

Meet officials were forced to delay decathlon events earlier Thursday for safety reasons but resumed later in the evening.

In the men’s 3,200 relay, defending NCAA 800-meter champion Jacob Hernandez ran the anchor leg as Texas cruised to the victory with a time of 7 minutes, 22.36 seconds.

LSU won the women’s 3,200 relay in 8:46.23 seconds.

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