Cal Poly, CSUN Lead Decathlon, Heptathlon After Day One Of Multis
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Cal Poly representatives are atop the decathlon leaderboard and a CSUN quartet took the top spots in the heptathlon to complete day one of the Big West Track and Field Championships at UC Riverside Friday.
The Mustang sophomore duo of Teddy Scranton and Ivy Adair are separated by a mere eight points through five events. Scranton rode a first-place finish in the shot put and a runner-up in the 400-meters to his leading total of 3,546 points. He set three lifetime bests on the day - 11.36 seconds in the 100-meter dash, 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump, and a 51.24 in the 400. His top shot put mark came on his third attempt, a distance of 46 feet, 4 inches.
Adair, who totaled 3,538 points, won the long jump competition after jumping 22 feet, 3 inches, and also picked up solid points with top-five finishes in the 100-meters and 400-meters. He also had a career-best effort in the shot put (38-11.75).
A closely bunched field has the 10th place competitor less than 300 points back of first place. Long Beach State freshman Herman Day is in contention for the title after finishing third with 3,534 points. UC Santa Barbara sophomore Darion Williams is lurking in fourth, tallying 3,480 points. Connor Higgins of LBSU rounded out the top five (3,462).
In the heptathlon, CSUN finished in the top four spots, led by senior Olympia Jewett with 3,049 points. Jewett won the shot put with a mark of 37 feet, 10 inches, and ran the 100-meter hurdles in 14.24 seconds to finish second.
Fellow Matador senior Shawnta Barnes trails Jewett by just 21 points entering Saturday’s final day of the multi-events at the UCR Track Facility. Barnes was the victor in the high jump as she cleared 5 feet, 4 1/2 inches. She also placed second in the 200-meter dash (25.08).
Juniors Marissa Rossi and Marie Veale rounded out the Matador presence in the upper echelon, finishing third and fourth with 2,875 and 2,863 points, respectively. Veale won the opening event, the 100 meter hurdles, in 13.97.
UC Riverside junior Jazmine Harper is the closest threat to Matador supremacy as she tallied 2,823 points for fifth place.
Saturday’s decathlon resumes at 11:00 a.m. with the 110-meter hurdles, along with the discus, pole vault, javelin and closing with the 1,500 meters. The heptathlon begins at 1:00 p.m. with the long jump, followed by the javelin and 800 meters.
Live results can be accessed at flashwest.com and via the Big West Championship page.