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Cal Poly Wins Decathlon, Heptathlon at Jim Klein Multi-Event Invitational

Cal Poly Wins Decathlon, Heptathlon at Jim Klein Multi-Event Invitational

MONTECITO, Calif. — The Cal Poly track & field team swept the decathlon and heptathlon at the Jim Klein Multi-Event Invitational on Friday, concluding the two-day meet at Westmont College with a pair of first-place finishes accompanied by career-best performances.

After beginning the second round in third place, Mustang senior Devin Bennett won the decathlon with a 7,087-point total.

Bennett, the 2014 runner-up at the Big West Conference Championships, stayed in the No. 5 ranking in school history, although he bettered his previous top score of 7,069.

He closed out the day with a PR in the 1,500 meters, winning in 4 minutes, 22.15 seconds for a boost of 797 points to edge sophomore teammate Jacob Rickman.

Rickman, making his combined-events debut, added a Round 2 tally of 3,003 points to finish with a score of 6,653, good for second place among the field of 13 — as well as No. 8 in program history.

Cal Poly junior Jessica Rasmussen won the heptathlon with 4,504 points, surpassing her previous best of 4,346.

Rasmussen started Friday with a long jump of 18 feet, 3 inches (a career-best mark for no wind at all) and ended with another PR in the 800 meters, at 2:19.52.

Additionally, sophomore Kirby Ruback finished in fourth place with 4,172 points, while redshirt freshman Keana Viss was close behind in fifth, at 4,168.

Ruback climbed four spots among the 16 competitors from Thursday's leaderboard, ending the meet with back-to-back PRs: 70-9 in the javelin and then 2:18.47 in the 800, just in front of Rasmussen.

Cal Poly will also have three pole-vaulters compete at the Westmont Classic on Saturday, before a majority of the squad returns to action at Fresno State's CenCal Twilight meet in Clovis on Tuesday.