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Mustang Decathletes, Heptathletes Head to Sam Adams Multi-Events Invitational

Mustang Decathletes, Heptathletes Head to Sam Adams Multi-Events Invitational

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Three decathletes and three heptathletes from the Cal Poly track & field team will compete at the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational at Westmont on Friday and Saturday. The schedule for the two-day meet in Montecito hosted by the Santa Barbara Track Club is as follows:

DECATHLON
Friday, April 7 • 12 noon - 100-meter dash / 1 p.m. - long jump / 2:20 - shot put / 4:00 - high jump / 6:00 - 400 meters
Saturday, April 8 • 10:30 a.m. - 110m hurdles / 11:30 - discus / 2 p.m. - pole vault / 5 p.m. - javelin / 6:15 - 1,500 meters

HEPTATHLON
Friday, April 7 • 1 p.m. - 100m hurdles / 2 p.m. - high jump / 3:45 - shot put / 5 p.m. - 200 meters
Saturday, April 8 • 12:30 p.m. - long jump / 2 p.m. - javelin / 3:45 - 800 meters

Two long jump runways, shot put rings and high jump pits will be used, with a minimum of 30 minutes separating each event (after both flights have concluded).

Thomas FitzSimons Jr., 14th at the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer, is the back-to-back defending decathlon champion, while Lindsay Schwartz won the 2016 heptathlon before going on to finish ninth in Eugene.

Senior Ted Scranton, junior Jacob Rickman and freshman Bailey Thayer will represent Cal Poly in the decathlon, while freshman Caice Lanovaz, junior Kirby Ruback and sophomore Keana Viss are entered for the heptathlon.

Scranton's career-best score, 7,038 points, ranks sixth in school history, while Rickman's top tally, 6,653, is No. 9 all-time.

Ruback (with a PR of 4,269 points) and Viss (4,221) each compiled their career-highs at the Big West Conference Championships last season. Earlier this year, they also competed in the indoor pentathlon at the UW Invitational.

The 2017 Big West Multi-Event Championships will be held May 5-6 at Cal State Fullerton, before the rest of the conference championships return a week later.

This will be the first collegiate multi-events meet for Lanovaz and Thayer (each of whom has competed in a variety of hurdles, jumps, throws and relays to open this spring). Both competed at the 2016 Arcadia Multis as high school seniors, as Lanovaz (whose lifetime-best score is 5,130) won the heptathlon with 4,898 points and Thayer earned fifth in the decathlon at 5,768.

The full team will return to action from April 13-15, at the Mt. SAC Relays (in Torrance), the Bryan Clay Invite at Azusa Pacific and the Long Beach State Invitational.