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Big West Conference Championships to Start with Decathlon, Heptathlon

Big West Conference Championships to Start with Decathlon, Heptathlon

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Seven Cal Poly multi-event student-athletes will compete in the decathlon and heptathlon at Cal State Fullerton on Friday and Saturday, the first of two straight weekends of the Big West Conference Championships coming to Titan Track Complex.

The decathletes entered are senior Ted Scranton, junior Jacob Rickman and senior Danny Yeager. Freshman Caice Lanovaz, junior Kirby Ruback, sophomore Keana Viss and senior Jessica Rasmussen are the heptathletes set to represent the Mustangs.

The schedule for the Multi-Event finals is as follows:

DECATHLON
Friday, May 5 • 1 p.m. start • 100-Meter Dash / Long Jump / Shot Put / High Jump / 400 Meters
Saturday, May 6 • 11 a.m. start • 110m Hurdles / Discus / Pole Vault / Javelin / 1,500 Meters

HEPTATHLON
Friday, May 5 • 2 p.m. start • 100m Hurdles / High Jump / Shot Put / 200-Meter Dash
Saturday, May 6 • 12 noon start • Long Jump / Javelin / 800 Meters

To follow results and scoring, click here. All-session tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for youth, seniors and students. Single-day tickets are either $7 or $12.

The Mustangs' most recent multi-event meet was the Sam Adams Invitational in Santa Barbara from April 7-8. Rickman tallied a sixth-place score of 6,331 points, while Scranton compiled a partial 5,314 despite skipping two events. Viss came in eighth place with a career-best 4,411 points, followed by Ruback in 10th with 4,140.

This will be Scranton's fourth career decathlon at the Big West Championships. A year ago, he scored a career-best 7,038 points, No. 6 in school history, after previously earning all-conference status in 2015 via 6,768 points.

Rickman's top performance, 6,653 (ranking No. 9 all-time at Cal Poly) came in 2016, and Yeager placed ninth at the 2015 championships, with 6,054.

Meanwhile in 2016, Rasmussen scored 2 team points for the Mustangs by finishing in seventh at 4,567 points. Ruback (4,269; 11th) and Viss (4,221; 12th) also scored then-career highs at the championships last season.

Lanovaz's career-best heptathlon, 5,130 points, came at the 2015 USATF Junior Championships, before she also won the 2016 Arcadia Multis with 4,898.

The Big West leaders in 2017 are Long Beach State junior Cole Hicks (6,826) and UC Santa Barbara senior Tori Usgaard (5,551).

The full championships will return to CSF on May 12-13, with the final day televised on FOX Sports PT.