Clancy, Bender Lead After Day One of Multi-Events
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Decathlon - Day One Results | Heptathlon - Day One Results
UC Davis junior Kyle Clancy and UC Santa Barbara sophomore Hope Bender lead the decathlon and heptathlon, respectively, following day one of the Big West Multi-Events competition at the CSUN Track and Field Complex Friday.
Clancy sits atop the decathlon standings in one of the tightest races imaginable. With 3,889 points, Clancy is a mere two points ahead of Cal State Fullerton's Dwayne Lee. In total, there are five athletes within 153 points of Clancy's lead.
Cal Poly senior Jacob Rickman is third with 3,798 points, followed by Long Beach State junior Jonathan Broadhead (3,768) and UC Davis junior Thomas Grossman (3,757), who entered the conference meet as the Big West regular season leader in total points scored.
UC Santa Barbara senior Jeff Lam is within striking distance heading into day two as he collected 3,736 points for sixth place through the first five events.
In the heptathlon, Bender backed up her No. 1 ranking through the Big West regular season to lead with 3,434 points after day one. She is ahead of UC Davis junior Erinn Beattie in second (3,222 points) and third place finisher Dilini Amarasekara of UC Riverside. Amarasekara tallied 3,036 points. Rounding out the top five are Cal Poly sophomore Caice Lanovaz with 3,000 points and Hawai‘i sophomore Calli Ann Abbott (2,977).
Clancy elevated to the top of Friday's decathlon standings on the strength of his performance in two field events – the long jump and high jump. He won both, clearing 23-10.75 in the long jump and 6-11 in the high jump. He also placed second in the 100 meter dash in 11.00 seconds.
Lee won the 100m in 10.82 seconds. He's right there in the hunt for the title thanks to strong finishes as well in long jump (2nd, 23-06.75) and third in the shot put (3rd, 42-06).
Rickman was the shot put winner with his toss of 46-06.75 (14.19m) while the other event champion was Sam Pica of UCSB in the 400 meters. Pica ran a 48.70 in the 400m to outdistance Rickman (49.88).
Bender was dominant through the first four events of the heptathlon. She won three events, starting the day with a 13.70 effort in the 100 meter hurdles. She finished fourth in the high jump with a clearance of 5-04.50. Bender completed her day with gold in shot put (39-06) and 200 meter dash (24.15).
Beattie, one of the national leaders in the high jump who has cleared over six feet this year, won that event at 5-10.50 (1.79m).
Competition for day two of the decathlon and heptathlon continues on Saturday at the CSUN Track & Field Complex. Decathlon events kick off at noon with the 110 meter hurdles. The discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500 meters will also be contested. Three more heptathlon events are on the ledger, beginning at 12:30 p.m. with the long jump. The women cap off their competition with the javelin and 800 meters.