Multi-Events Begin Track & Field Championships at CSUN
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2018 Track and Field Championship Page
2018 Track and Field Release No. 9
Live Scoring – Decathlon and Heptathlon
Decathlon and Heptathlon Meet Program
CSUN is the host school for the 2018 Big West Track and Field Championships, which begin this weekend with the heptathlon and decathlon.
Multi-Events Commence Big West Championships
CSUN hosts the multi-events portion of the 2018 Big West Track and Field Championships this week at the CSUN Track and Field Complex, with the heptathlon and decathlon events beginning on Friday.
The heptathlon starts at 12:30 p.m. with 15 entries representing seven different schools. The top returning competitor from last year’s multi-events meet is UC Riverside sophomore Dilini Amarasekara. She finished fourth overall with 4,819 points. UC Santa Barbara sophomore Hope Bender was 14th overall at last year’s meet with 4,312 points, but she is the Big West leader in 2018. Bender notched 5,725 points at the Bryan Clay Invitational on Apr. 19, making her the favorite. UC Davis junior Erinn Beattie was 12th at the 2017 multi-events with 4,474 points, but has improved drastically in her overall performance this season. She is No. 2 on the Big West performance list with 5,387 points.
Bender’s 5,725 points ranks No. 10 nationally, while Beattie is No. 31. Cal Poly sophomore Caice Lanovaz is the third Big West athlete to surpass 5,000 points in the heptathlon. She ranks third among Big West performers with 5,011 points, compiled at the April 6 Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational.
Friday’s schedule begins with the 100m hurdles, followed by the high jump, shot put and 200 meters. The competition closes on Saturday, beginning at 12:30 p.m. with the long jump, javelin and 800 meters.
Heading the field of 16 decathlon entries is UC Davis junior Kyle Clancy. He finished third in the 2017 decathlon with 6,787 points. Clancy is fifth on the 2018 Big West performance list with a season-high 6,627 points scored at the Sacramento State Hornet Invitational on Mar. 16. Clancy’s teammate, junior Thomas Grossman, is actually the Big West leader in the event this season. Grossman compiled 6,986 points at the Apr. 19 Bryan Clay Invitational, a mark which ranks No. 33 in the country. Grossman was eighth in the 2017 decathlon standings with 6,522 points.
Other returners from last year’s top 10 to take on the likes of Grossman and Clancy include Cal Poly senior Jacob Rickman, UC Santa Barbara senior Jeff Lam, Long Beach State senior Cole Hicks and UC Davis sophomore Drake Foote. Among those four, Foote is No. 3 on the Big West list with a season-best 6,759 points. Lam is No. 4 with 6,741 points and Hicks No. 6 at 6,481. Another challenger is Long Beach State junior Jonathan Broadhead. After not finishing last year’s conference meet competition, Broadhead boasts the second-best score on the Big West performance list, as he notched 6,822 points at the UCR Spring Break Classic on Apr. 19.
Big West Track & Field Championship Visits CSUN
CSUN will serve as the host of the 2018 Big West Track and Field Championships. The Matadors last hosted the event in 2013. The Matador Track & Field Complex will host the multi-events competition on May 4-5 and the full portion of the meet on May 11-12. FOX Prime Ticket will air four hours of coverage on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 2:00 p.m. (PT) and continuing through the awards ceremony for both winning squads.