Alumni notebook: NU grad finishes strong
2004 Nevada Union graduate Steven Conrad finished 11th in the nation in the decathlon during the NCAA National Championships in Sacramento. Conrad, who attends the University of California, Berkeley, scored 7,245 points as Arizona’s Jake Arnold won the national championship with 8,215 points.
“I was hoping for a top-10 spot,” Conrad said in a phone interview. “The top eight spots are All-American, and usually there are a couple foreigners in the top 10. As it turned out, I missed by one place because there were two foreigners in the top 10, so I was the ninth American.”
Conrad is taking three weeks off since his college season is over. However, he’s planning on going right back to work for his shot at the Olympics.
“The trials are next summer and the qualifying mark is 7,700 points,” Conrad said. “So starting in three weeks I’m going to start training for next season with the hopes of going to the qualifiers next summer.”
Conrad said his athletic ability is enough to get him there.
“Now it’s all a matter of refining my technical events,” Conrad said. “I have more speed and more jumping ability than the guy who won, he’s just more refined in events like the discus, shot put, pole vault, hurdles. He’s much more practiced than I am.”
Conrad finished third in the 100-meter dash (11.03 seconds) and in the 400 (48.64). He took eighth in the high jump (6-feet, 4-inches) and ninth in the long jump (22-9 1/4) and javelin (180.08). Conrad placed 12th in the 1,500 (4:37.63), 15th in the pole vault (14-1 1/4) and 19th in the discus (119.07). He placed 21st in the shot put (37-6 3/4) and 110 hurdles (15.87).
Here’s a look at how some athletes with local ties fared recently at the college level:
Erik Flores (Nevada Union, ’05); University of California, Los Angeles – Flores, a sophomore, had a strong couple days during the 107th U.S. Open qualifier at Murieta. With the top four golfers earning a trip to this year’s U.S. Open at the Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, Flores finished an even-par 144 over two days, tied for ninth.
Gary Daley (Nevada Union, ’03); Palm Beach Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals) – Daley struggled in his only appearance this week during Thursday’s 9-1 loss to Tampa. Daley, now 3-3 on the season, pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up five hits, five walks and six runs (all earned). His ERA rose to 4.94 on the season.
Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union, ’01); (Sarasota Reds) – Roenicke appeared in the final inning of Monday’s 5-3 loss to Vero Beach, pitching one scoreless inning while giving up a hit and no walks. He struck out one.
Roenicke returned to the mound Wednesday during a 5-2, 10-inning win over St. Lucie. Roenicke was tagged with his second blown save of the season, but his teammates scored three in the top of the 10th and he was granted the win. Roenicke gave up two hits and an earned run while walking two in 1 2/3 innings. However, all five outs he recorded were by strikeout. His ERA on the season stands at 3.65.
Have we missed anyone? If you know of a college/professional athlete with local ties, please contact Ross Maak via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 477-4244.
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