Bennett Finishes Second at California Invitational Decathlon for Cal Poly

Bennett Finishes Second at California Invitational Decathlon for Cal Poly

AZUSA, Calif. — Cal Poly senior Devin Bennett finished second in the California Invitational decathlon, ending Thursday with a career-best 7,118 points at Azusa Pacific's Cougar Stadium.

Bennett's score — the fifth-best in school history on post-1985 tables — represents already his second time this season surpassing the 7,000-point plateau, and his third since 2014, when he was an all-conference honoree by taking second at the Big West Championships.

He was outscored only by Grand Canyon junior Pierre-Louis Ricou, who tallied 7,340 to win the 46th annual competition.

Bennett closed the day with a PR in the 1,500 meters, running a second-place time of 4 minutes, 21.10 seconds on the way to nearly matching the 7,165 points by Cal Poly alum Jon Takahashi when he won the meet title in 2003.

He rose up from 13th among the field of 18 following Wednesday's opening five events, clocking a time of 15.68 in the 110-meter high hurdles and then posting marks of 129 feet, 8 inches in the discus, 14' 1.25" in the pole vault and 190' 5" in the javelin.

Mustang junior Ted Scranton came in ninth place, with 6,535 points, earning two PRs for the second day in a row, as he ran the 110 hurdles in 15.51 seconds before pole vaulting 12' 5.5".

Also Thursday, Scranton threw the discus 131' 3" and the javelin 91' 2" before finishing the 1,500 in 4:55.75.

In the B division, sophomore teammate Jacob Rickman also added two more PRs to his couple from Wednesday, with marks of 119' 3" and 11' 11.75" in the discus and pole vault.

Rickman also ran the 110 hurdles in 15.80 seconds and the 1,500 in 5:27.17.

To view the full meet results, click here.

Meanwhile in the Mt. SAC Relays heptathlon hosted at the same venue, 2008 Cal Poly grad and two-time Olympian Sharon Day-Monroe, even despite skipping two events, finished with a five-event total of 4,303. She long jumped 18' 11.25" and threw the javelin 139' 8".

Kansas State senior Akela Jones won with 6,307 points, tied for the sixth-best NCAA score of all time and equaling the 2016 world lead.

Mustang distance runners will also compete at the Mt. SAC Relays (in Norwalk) on Friday, with a majority of the squad entered in the Long Beach State Invitational through Saturday.