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Cal Poly's Scranton Wins Big West Conference Decathlon Championship

Cal Poly's Scranton Wins Big West Conference Decathlon Championship

Lanovaz Also Scores Team Points to Lead Mustangs in Heptathlon

FULLERTON, Calif. — Cal Poly senior Ted Scranton won the Big West Conference championship for the decathlon on Saturday, dethroning the defending champion, UC Santa Barbara's Tyler Nelson, to take home the title with 7,143 points at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Track & Field Complex.

The second-day showdown between Scranton and Nelson featured three lead changes between the Blue-Green rivals, after Scranton had started from a third-place 3,717-point Friday — 71 back of Nelson.

At Saturday's first event at 11 a.m., the 110-meter hurdles, Nelson ran a 15.01 to Scranton's 15.39, widening the gap to 116 points (4,636-4,520).

The tide began to turn in the discus circle, where Scranton won with a mark of 152 feet, 10 inches (vs. 128' 8.75") to surge in front with a 35-point advantage, 5,320-5,285.

Nelson would regain the lead through the pole vault, though, clearing 13' 6" (above Scranton's 12' 6.25") to go up by 48 — 5,936-5,888.

Then in the javelin, however, Scranton was second with a throw of 179' 10.5", surpassing Nelson's 145' 9" to retake the upper hand by 105 points — 6,548-6,443 — heading into the last event, the 1,500 meters just after 5 p.m.

Only Thomas Grossman of UC Davis (at 4:41.89) would run a better time than Scranton, as his performance of 4:53.94 held off Nelson (5:10.41, en route to a 6,944-point total) for the crown. His 7,143 points rank No. 6 in school history.

Scranton's title is the 264th overall individual track & field conference championship won by a Mustang on the men's side since 1949, including the ninth for the decathlon. He joins previous champions Jerry Hougen (1975), Pete Godinez (1980), Loren Diaz (1983), Kurt Loeprich (1986), Jerry Edwards (1993), Jon Takahashi (2003) and James Nunno (2007 and 2009).

Scranton was also an all-conference honoree in 2015 at his second championship decathlon (taking third place), before actually upping his score as a junior while taking fourth (behind teammate Devin Bennett) as part of the nation's No. 2-ranked decathlon foursome in 2016 (behind only Wisconsin).

Also a contributor to last season's ranking, Jacob Rickman, came in fifth place on Saturday, finalizing a score of 6,655 points — the ninth-highest in program history.

Rickman opened with a 110m hurdles time of 15.38 seconds, and followed at 130' 5.5" in the discus, 12' 2.25" for the pole vault, 158' 0.25" in the javelin, and 5:08.83 for the 1,500m. The junior climbed two spots from his Day 1 positioning.

Rickman's 4 team points, coupled with Scranton's 10, provide the Mustangs a 14-11 edge over the Gauchos for first place in the team standings following the Multi-Event stanza. UC Davis is in third place with 7 points, ahead of CSUN in fourth with 5.

Senior teammate Danny Yeager also added 5,249 points from nine of the 10 events, finishing in 12th place. Yeager posted times of 17.40 and 5:47.22, along with marks of 118' 11.75" in the discus and 153' 1.75" for the javelin.

Meanwhile Caice Lanovaz led Cal Poly in the heptathlon, finishing in sixth place with a score of 4,763 points — third among freshmen.

Lanovaz opened with a long jump of 17 feet, 6.5 inches, threw the javelin 93' 11.5", and then ran the 800 meters in 2:26.19, ultimately securing 3 team points for the Mustangs entering next weekend.

Long Beach State senior Riley Cooks won her second straight title, beating UCSB's Tori Usgaard 5,671 to 5,307. Her 49ers are second in the team column, with 10 points to UC Riverside's frontrunning 11.

Mustang senior Jessica Rasmussen finished 10th with 4,538 points. She long-jumped 18' 0.75", had a javelin mark of 78' 1", and posted an 800m performance of 2:24.05.

Sophomore teammate Keana Viss came in 13th, at 4,351 points. After long-jumping 15' 11.25", she heaved the javelin 101' 8.25" and clocked a time of 2:22.16 in the 800m.

Cal Poly junior Kirby Ruback finished 16th, scoring 4,128 points from marks of 17' 5.25" and 79' 3.75", and a time of 2:24.38.

The Big West Championships will resume by returning to CSF from May 12-13. The latter day will be televised on FOX Sports PT beginning at 2 p.m.