Byline: WriterName The Register-Guard
CALGARY, Alberta - Brianne Theisen is ahead of her personal best and standing in second place after the opening day of the heptathlon at the Canadian Olympic Track & Field Trials on Wednesday.
Theisen, the former Oregon standout and fiancee of decathlon world record holder Ashton Eaton, has a score of 3,838 points.
That put her second behind Canadian record-holder Jessica Zelinka, the fifth-place finisher at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, who scored 3,982.
Theisen set a personal best in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.09 seconds to finish second in the event, then cleared 6 feet in the high jump, set another personal best with a mark of 43-4 1/4 in the shot put and finished the day by running 24.11 seconds in the 200, good for second behind Zelinka.
She is 38 points ahead of her pace in winning the NCAA Championships earlier this month.
Theisen, who has the Olympic "A" standard, must finish in the top three to secure a place in the London Olympics. Jennifer Cotten is in third with 3,361 points, and Rachel Macintosh is fourth with 3,199.
As good as new
Wallace Spearmon Jr., a top contender in the men's 200 meters, which begins with qualifying on Friday at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials at Hayward Field, credits St. Vincent Sports Performance Center in Indianapolis for his resurgence this season.
The facility is the official medical provider of USA Track & Field, and its services - from biomechanics analysis to nutrition to sports psychology - are made available to athletes, for a token co-pay, through the USATF High Performance Program.
Spearmon, who won his second U.S. title in the 200 in 2010 - he's a two-time bronze medalist in the World Championships, and was an Olympian in 2008 - was hampered last year by ongoing pain in his Achilles tendon.