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Scranton PRs, Rickman 100 Win Highlight Day 1 of California Invitational

Scranton PRs, Rickman 100 Win Highlight Day 1 of California Invitational

AZUSA, Calif. — Cal Poly's Ted Scranton established career bests in two categories Wednesday, leading three Mustang decathletes opening the 46th annual California Invitational at Azusa Pacific's Cougar Stadium.

Scranton began with a PR in the 100-meter dash, taking ninth place in 11.23 seconds, and after posting a long jump of 20 feet, 10.75 inches, the junior added another in the shot put circle, where he was second with a throw of 47' 9.75" (trailing only the 50' 2.5" mark from Texas A&M junior Victor Lindon.

Scranton is in ninth among the 18 competitors entering Thursday, with a total of 3,667 points. (Lindon leads at 4,092.)

Also in the A field, senior teammate Devin Bennett is in 13th with a score of 3,480. Bennett's top finish came in the high jump (fifth with a clearance of 6' 3.25"). Scranton earned All-Big West Conference honors last year, after Bennett did the same in 2014.

Meanwhile in the B decathlon, Cal Poly sophomore Jacob Rickman won the 100-meter dash, sprinting to a career-best time of 11.08 (beating Colorado freshman Isaiah Oliver by four-hundredths of a second).

Rickman also posted a second PR, closing the first round with an eighth-place 400m time of 52.01 on the way to 3,405 points. Air Force sophomore Calvin Berstler is atop the leaderboard with a score of 3,581.

To view the full meet results, click here.

Thursday's schedule will commence at 9 a.m. with the 110m high hurdles. The Mustangs will also compete at the Mt. SAC Relays in Norwalk and the Long Beach State Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Also Wednesday, two-time Olympian Sharon Day-Monroe (a 2008 Cal Poly grad) competed in three heptathlon events (excluding the 200). The three-time USATF outdoor champion tallied 2,806 points, including a shot put win thanks to a toss of 48' 6.75".