EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Brianne Theisen basked briefly in her heptathlon victory before her thoughts turned to her team.
She'd done her part, defending her title in the multi-event discipline with a career-high 6,094. That gave the Oregon women a valuable 10 points toward a team title at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships.
"The girls really want to win this national title. I wanted to make sure I got those 10 points not just for myself but for them," she said.
Theisen's Ducks were in third in the team standings with 16 points, behind Iowa State with 18 and leader Southern Illinois with 22.
Theisen won the pentathlon at the NCAA indoor championships earlier this year. The women switch to the heptathlon for the outdoor season.
Last season at the outdoor championships in Fayetteville, Ark., Theisen scored 6,086 points, her previous personal best.
"It was a good feeling last year but this is so much better," she said. "The fans are here supporting us all year. And to be able to do a heptathlon for them and put up a good score is a really good feeling. That's a big thing for me, putting on a show for the fans."
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Oregon's Brianne Theisen crosses the finish line to win the heptathlon 800 meters during NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June 10, 2010. Theisen also won the heptathlon. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
In the men's decathlon, Oregon's Ashton Eaton had 4,500 points after the first five events, a new American collegiate record for the first day. He passed the mark of 4,458 set by William Motti of Mount St. Mary's in 1985.
Eaton capped the day by winning the decathlon's 400 meters in 46.28, also a new American college record. It broke the mark of 46.89 set by Azusa Pacific's Jordgan Hudgens at the Mt. Sac Relays in 1999.
The announced crowd of 11,172 at Hayward Field cheered wildly when Eaton finished the 400 and raised his hands in an Oregon "O." The decathlon concludes on Friday.
Eaton set the world record in the heptathlon at the NCAA indoor championships earlier this spring, breaking the mark set 17 years ago by Dan O'Brien. But he insisted on Thursday that records were not on his mind.
"I'm just trying to get the 10 points for my team," he said.
Host Oregon was a runner-up last year for the NCAA team title, won by Texas A&M. After two days, Kansas and Texas A&M were leading the men's team standings with 18 points each.
Kiani Profit of Maryland finished second in the heptathlon with 5,682 points, followed by Alabama's Chelsea Taylor with 5,617.
The second day of the meet was dominated by the multi-events, as well as the preliminary heats in advance of track competition on Friday and Saturday.
Liberty's Sam Chelanga pulled out front early in the men's 10,000 meter finals and was a half-track ahead of the pack midway through the race. He finished in 28 minutes, 37.40 seconds, well in front of runner-up John Kosgei of Oklahoma State (28:55.93).
Chelanga set the collegiate 10K record by posting a 27:08.39 at the Payton Jordan Invitational in May. He also plans to run in the 5,000 meters in Eugene.
The softspoken runner said he didn't think he tapped himself out on Thursday.
"I will know more tomorrow," he said. "Right now I feel good."
Brown's Craig Kinsley won the men's javelin with a throw of 250 feet, 3 inches. Jordan Scott won the men's pole vault, which took more than 4½ hours to complete because of a rain delay, with a leap of 17 feet, 8 1/2 inches.
Nikola Lomnicka of Georgia won the hammer throw final with a hurl of 215-1, and Clemson's Patricia Mamona won the triple jump title with a leap of 45-11¾.
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Oregon's Brianne Theisen competes in the heptathlon high jump during the first day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., Wednesday, June 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Oregon's Brianne Theisen competes in the heptathlon long jump during the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June 10, 2010. Theisen jumped 20 feet, 1-4 inch. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Oregon's Brianne Theisen dries off her shot put in the rain as she prepares for the shot put portion of the heptathlon during the first day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., Wednesday, June 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Oregon's Brianne Theisen warms up for the heptathlon javelin during NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)