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Rickman, Viss Lead Cal Poly on Second Day of Sam Adams Invitational

Rickman, Viss Lead Cal Poly on Second Day of Sam Adams Invitational

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Jacob Rickman finished in sixth place in the decathlon at the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational on Saturday, and Keana Viss came in eighth in the heptathlon for the Cal Poly track & field team at Westmont.

Rickman, who on Friday broke the meet shot put record previously held by two-time Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton, began Day 2 with a career-best 110-meter hurdles time of 15 seconds flat, good for fifth.

The redshirt junior then posted another PR with a sixth-place discus mark of 123 feet, 11 inches, before pole-vaulting 10' 6", throwing the javelin 75' 2" and wrapping up the meet with one more lifetime-best, a 5:06.92 in the 1,500 meters, finalizing his score at 6,331 points.

Mustang freshman Bailey Thayer finished his collegiate decathlon debut in 10th place, with 5,344 points. Thayer ran the 110m hurdles in 15.52 seconds, threw the discus 98' 4", proceeded to clear 12' 1.5" in the pole vault, fouled in the javelin, and then ran the 1,500m in 5:21.60.

Cal Poly senior Ted Scranton, who entered three of the five events Friday, scored 5,314 points from his eight events.

After opening with a hurdles time of 16.76, Scranton posted a season-best discus performance of 144' 6" to take second place. He then tied his pole vault PR (12' 5.5"), took third in the javelin at 172' 4", and clocked a 4:57.68 in the 1,500m. 

Hunter Veith, a junior from Wichita State looking to earn a repeat Missouri Valley Conference title, won with 7,610 points.

Meanwhile Viss, a redshirt sophomore, moved up five spots from her opening-day standing, compiling a career-best score of 4,411 points.

She began and closed the afternoon with PRs, long-jumping to 15' 7" and running the 800 meters in a seventh-place time of 2:24.59. In-between, Viss took eighth in the javelin with a mark of 103' 10".

Cal Poly junior Kirby Ruback also rose up four spots on the final day, concluding the meet in 10th place with 4,140 points. Ruback started with a long jump of 16' 8", then earned a career-best javelin result of 92' 3" and ended with a sixth-place 800m time of 2:24.40.

Lindsay Schwartz won for the second year in a row at Thorrington Field, tallying 5,773 points. It was the third title in four years at the sixth annual meet for Schwartz (representing the hosting Santa Barbara Track Club), last summer's ninth-place heptathlete at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

In addition to Rickman's meet-record shot put (50' 5.5"), the invitational also saw Derek Drouin walk away with an all-time decathlon world record for the high jump. The reigning Olympic gold medalist from Canada cleared 7' 5.75" to break the tied mark which had stood since 1977 and 1988.

Cal Poly's full squad will return with three meets in Southern California from April 13-15: the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific, and the Long Beach State Invitational.

The 2017 Big West Multi-Event Championships will be held May 5-6 at Cal State Fullerton.