Lanovaz Scores 5th-Highest Heptathlon Total in Cal Poly History

Lanovaz Scores 5th-Highest Heptathlon Total in Cal Poly History

Viss, Thayer Also Finish in Top 7 at Sam Adams Invitational for Mustang Multis Squad

MONTECITO, Calif. — Cal Poly sophomore Caice Lanovaz finished with 5,011 points in the heptathlon on Saturday, moving to No. 5 in school history as the Mustangs concluded the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational at Westmont.

Lanovaz began the day with a fifth-place long jump of 18 feet and a half-inch to tack on 700 points to her Friday stanza of 2,951. She then posted a javelin throw of 105' 4.75" (good for seventh), a collegiate PR, to pick up 517.

Lanovaz saved her second-highest score of the two days for last, as the Los Gatos HS grad started the 800-meter finale knowing a time of at least 2:19.4 would get her past the 5,000-point mark. She established a lifetime-best of 2:18.60 to reach the 5k plateau, behind only the overall champion, Lindsay Schwartz (who clocked a 2:17.23 to finalize a score of 5,852).

Lanovaz, who came in fourth place for the meet, now trails only Sharon Day-Monroe (5,642 in 2008), Sharon Hanson (5,412; 1987), Denise Woodward (5,194; 1986) and Julie Tingle (5,150; 1993) on Cal Poly's all-time chart.

Schwartz out-dueled Riley Cooks (5,773) to defend her title, ahead of USC junior Lyndsey Lopes (5,574).

As of Saturday evening, Lanovaz's 5,011-point total ranks 17th regionally and No. 24 nationally.

Also tallying a collegiate career-best total Saturday was junior teammate Keana Viss, who took seventh with a score of 4,534.

Viss long-jumped a PR of 16' 2.75", reached 105' 3.75" in the javelin, and also closed strong in the 800m, recording a fifth-place 2:21.17 (another career-best).

Three Mustangs competed in partial decathlons, as sophomore Bailey Thayer was seventh with 5,672 points from nine events (holding out from the javelin); freshman Jason Lewis finished ninth via 5,446 points on nine events (foul in the discus); and senior Jacob Rickman compiled 2,490 points from four events.

On Day 2, Thayer started with a fourth-place 110m hurdles time of 15.38 seconds, and then posted marks of 106' 10.25 for the discus and 11' 1.75" in the pole vault. He closed with a career-fastest 5:02.40 in the 1,500 meters.

Meanwhile Lewis concluded the meet with a team-high sixth-place 1,500m time of 4:56.47, after a 16.38 in the 110m hurdles, pole-vaulting 12' 5.5", and throwing the javelin 118' 8.25".

Rickman, whose career-high of 6,655 points last year remains No. 9 in school history (post-1985 scoring), earned fourth place in the discus (at 129' 2.75") before vaulting 11' 9.5" and running the 1,500 in 4:59.15. The 1,500 performance was also a PR for Rickman, who on Friday won the shot put at the seventh annual meet for the second straight year.

Dartmouth junior Benjamin Ose won the crown with 7,168 points.

The Big West Multi-Event Championships will be hosted by CSUN on May 4-5, before the conference finals return to Matador Track & Field Complex May 11-12 (with Day 4 televised by FOX Sports Prime Ticket).

Cal Poly will return to action at UCLA's Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational in Drake Stadium on April 14.