Viss Leads Cal Poly in Heptathlon Through Day 1 in Montecito
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Cal Poly decathlete Jacob Rickman broke Ashton Eaton's meet record in the shot put at the sixth annual Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational on Friday, surpassing the mark from a year ago by the two-time Olympic gold medalist.
Rickman, a redshirt junior for the Mustangs, posted a mark of 50 feet, 5.5 inches at Westmont, shattering his previous career-best 47' 6.25" in the process of winning by more than 5' 9".
Eaton, the world record-holder for the decathlon, who has also made appearances at two Cal Poly Invitationals in years past, set the Sam Adams record last year at 49' 5".
Rickman is in fifth place overall in the standings, having accumulated 3,734 points halfway through.
He opened with another PR in the 100-meter dash (taking fifth place in 11.08 seconds), recorded another career-best showing by landing at 21' 0.75" in the long jump, and high-jumped 5' 10.75" before closing the evening with one more lifetime-best result: 50.93 in the 400 meters.
Rickman ranks No. 9 in school history for the decathlon, scoring 6,653 a season ago at the same site (for the Jim Klein Multis).
Cal Poly freshman Bailey Thayer is in 10th place, with 3,115 points. His opening day included two season bests: 20' 1.75" in the long jump and 6' 1.75" for the high jump.
Senior teammate Ted Scranton entered three of the five events, running 11.51 in the 100-meter dash, earning fifth place in the shot put at 43' 5" and then clocking a time of 52.00 in the 400m.
Last season, Rickman and Scranton keyed Cal Poly's top four decathletes to a season-best average of 6,932 points — No. 2 in the country in the USTFCCCA national rankings, ahead of Texas A&M (6,918) and behind only Wisconsin (7,423).
Wichita State junior Hunter Veith, the defending Missouri Valley Conference champion, holds the lead entering Day 2 with 3,991 points.
The meet, hosted by Santa Barbara Track Club, also is featuring Derek Drouin, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist high-jumper from Canada. Drouin won the event Friday with a meet-record height of 7' 5.75", chalking up 1,071 points from the event alone.
In the heptathlon, Mustang sophomore Keana Viss is in 13th place with 2,649 points, followed by junior Kirby Ruback in 14th with 2,353.
Viss started with a PR of 15.74 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, and also closed with a career-best 200-meter time of 26.78 seconds, bookending a high jump of 5' 0.5" and a shot put of 31' 8".
Ruback also cleared 5' 0.5" in the high jump, along with throwing the shot 29' 2.75", plus 100m hurdles and 200m times of 17.17 and 27.73 seconds.
Also for the Mustangs, Caice Lanovaz compiled 2,008 points despite scratching in the 200 meters. The freshman ran a team-best 15.25 in the 100m hurdles, and then tied for seventh place in the high jump at 5' 1.75" before posting a mark of 31' 2.75" in the shot put.
Lindsay Schwartz, looking to defend her 2016 crown, holds the lead after Day 1. Schwartz, ninth at the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer, brings a total of 3,528 points into the second stanza.
The schedule for Saturday is detailed below:
DECATHLON: 10:30 a.m. - 110m hurdles / 11:30 - discus / 2 p.m. - pole vault / 5 p.m. - javelin / 6:15 - 1,500 meters
HEPTATHLON: 12:30 p.m. - long jump / 2 p.m. - javelin / 3:45 - 800 meters
Live results are available through PhotoTiming.