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Scranton, Lanovaz Lead Cal Poly at Day 1 of Big West Championships

Scranton, Lanovaz Lead Cal Poly at Day 1 of Big West Championships

FULLERTON, Calif. — Cal Poly senior Ted Scranton is holding third place through the first day of the decathlon at the Big West Conference Championships, and freshman Caice Lanovaz leads the Mustangs in the heptathlon with a sixth-place score following Friday at Cal State Fullerton.

Scranton opened with a 100-meter dash time of 11.27 seconds before posting a long jump mark of 21 feet and an inch, and then earning a second-place contribution of 745 points from a shot put of 46' 10". All of his first three events resulted in season-best performances.

He then high-jumped a career-best 6' 3.75" and finished the night with a 400-meter time of 51.45 seconds, ending the evening with 3,717 points.

This is the fourth career Big West decathlon for Scranton, whose career-best tally, 7,038 last year, ranks No. 6 in school history. At the start of Saturday's round, he's just 71 points back of the leader (and defending champion), UC Santa Barbara junior Tyler Nelson. Gaucho teammate Jeff Lam is 27 points up to reside in second place.

Mustang junior Jacob Rickman is in seventh at Titan Track Complex, with 3,578 points.

Rickman began Friday with a second-place 100-meter dash of 10.81 seconds, a new PR good for a 903-point boost. He then long-jumped 20' 1.25", took third place in the shot put at 46' 3.75", cleared 6' 1.5" in the high jump, and ran the 400m in 54.07.

Danny Yeager brings a 12th-place total of 3,218 points into Saturday. The senior started with a sprint of 11.99, before he reached 20' 11.5" in the long jump and 36' 7.75" (another personal best) in the shot.

Yeager then cleared a season-best 6' 5" in the high jump and clocked a 400m time of 55.75.

In the heptathlon, Lanovaz paced the Mustangs in each of the first three events, opening with a 100m hurdles time of 14.89 seconds before high-jumping 5' 2" (both season-best results) and achieving a lifetime-best heave of 35' 2" in the shot put. 

She closed the day with a 10th-place 200-meter dash of 26.32, securing a first-day score of 2,914 points — second-most among freshmen.

Long Beach State senior Riley Cooks, also a defending champion, holds the lead with 3,444 points, 255 ahead of UC Riverside junior Tayler Fleming.

Cal Poly senior Jessica Rasmussen closed Day 1 with a team-best 200m performance of 25.53 seconds (another season best), and is in 10th place with 2,706 points.

Rasmussen — who as a junior chalked up 2 team points at the meet via a seventh-place career-best tally of 4,567 — began with a 15.34 in the 100m hurdles, 4' 10.5" in the high jump (equaling her top height this spring) and 29' 3.75" for the shot put.

Keana Viss has scored 2,539 points for 13th. Viss, a redshirt sophomore, ran the 100m hurdles in 16.38 seconds, high-jumped 4' 9.25", threw the shot put 34' 4", and clocked a 200m time of 26.73. She PR'd in each of her final two events.

Mustang junior Kirby Ruback also scored 2,348 points for the Mustangs, in 17th. Her times were 17.45 and 27.71 seconds, bookending a season-best high jump clearance of 5' 1" and a shot put mark of 29' 9.25".

The schedule for Saturday's finish is listed below. Top 3 finishers earn all-conference status, with the Top 8 adding team points that will carry over to the rest of the championships on May 12-13.

DECATHLON
11 a.m. start: 110m Hurdles / Discus / Pole Vault / Javelin / 1,500 Meters

HEPTATHLON
12 noon start: Long Jump / Javelin / 800 Meters

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