Nelson, Cooks Lead After Day One of Multi-Events
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Multi-Events Results Day One
UC Santa Barbara junior Tyler Nelson and Long Beach State senior Riley Cooks are the leaders following day one of the decathlon and heptathlon, respectively, as the multi-events portion of the 2017 Big West Track and Field Championship began Friday at Cal State Fullerton.
Nelson sits atop a crowded leaderboard in the decathlon. He scored 3,788 points, just 44 ahead of teammate Jeff Lam’s 3,744. Cal Poly senior Teddy Scranton is third with 3,717 points, followed by Thomas Grossman (3,698) of UC Davis and CSUN’s Taylor Cudequest (3,649). UC Davis sophomore Kyle Clancy has 3,622 points for sixth place and Cal Poly’s Jacob Rickman is seventh (3,578).
The defending decathlon champion, Nelson built his slim lead on the strength of two first-place finishes in the shot put and 400-meters. He had a career-high heave of 49-08.75 in the shot put and ran a season-best 49.86 in the 400.
Lam utilized a trio of third-place finishes to position for the lead. He ran an 11.02 in the 100-meters, leapt 23-02.25 in the long jump and cleared 6-07.50 in the high jump.
Scranton, just 71 points from first place, placed second in the shot put with a season-best throw of 46-10.00.
Clancy joined Nelson as a multi-event winner on day one as he took first place in the long jump (23-10.00) and high jump (6-08.50), tying Long Beach State’s Jonathan Broadhead for top honors in the latter event.
In the heptathlon, Cooks had an impressive showing in the first four events to create some distance from her competitors as she attempts to defend her title. Cooks leads with 3,444 points.
The Coarsegold, Calif. native utilized two first-place and two runner-up finishes to build a 255-point lead over UC Riverside’s Tayler Fleming. UC Santa Barbara’s Tori Usgaard sits in third (3,147), followed by Dilini Amarasekara (2,950) of UCR and Cal State Fullerton’s Ifunanya Gwacham (2,915).
She won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.87 and crossed the finish line first in the 200-meter dash with a season-best of 24.27.
Cooks also cleared 5-05.50 in the high jump and hurled the shot put 40-00.25 for a new season-best.
UC Davis sophomore Erinn Beattie won the high jump with a top mark of 5-06.75 and Alexis Brenzil captured the shot put win by a quarter of an inch, besting Cooks with a distance of 40-00.25.
Fleming finished no worse than fourth in any of the four events to secure second place. The Highlander sophomore took third in the shot put (38-04.00), and posted three fourth-place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles (14.34), high jump (5-03.25) and 200-meters (25.18).
Usgaard, who entered the competition atop the Big West season best marks list in the heptathlon, took second in the 100m hurdles (14.04) and third in the high jump (5-04.50).
The final day of the multi-events at Titan Track Complex begins Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with the decathlon. The men will contest the 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500-meters. The heptathlon starts at noon with the long jump, then the javelin and 800-meters.