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Rickman, Lanovaz Each in Top 4 After Day 1 of Multi-Event Championships

Rickman, Lanovaz Each in Top 4 After Day 1 of Multi-Event Championships

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Cal Poly senior Jacob Rickman is in third place in the decathlon following the first day of the Big West Multi-Event Championships, while Mustang sophomore Caice Lanovaz will bring a fourth-place heptathlon standing into Day 2 at the conference finals' opening weekend at Matador Track & Field Complex.

Rickman — whose Friday included a win in the shot put — tallied 3,798 points through the first half at CSUN, trailing UC Davis junior Kyle Clancy (3,889) and Cal State Fullerton senior Dwayne Lee (3,887).

His victory in the shot put came with a mark of 46 feet, 6.75 inches on his third attempt, securing 740 points, 28 ahead of the field.

Rickman opened with a third-place 100-meter dash time of 11.02 seconds, came in 12th in the long jump with a mark of 21' 3.5" and then cleared a season-best 6' 1.5" in the high jump. He capped his evening with a lifetime-best 400m effort — 49.88 seconds — good for second place and an 820-point boost to get back into the Top 3.

Lanovaz scored exactly 3,000 points to open the meet. She started with a sixth-place 100m hurdles time of 14.93 seconds, high-jumped a fifth-place height of 5' 2.25", claimed third place in the shot put at 35' 11.5", and closed with a fifth-place 200m time of 25.46.

Lanovaz's shot-put performance established a new PR by nine-&-a-half inches, while her 200 showing was also the best of her collegiate career.

Mustang junior Keana Viss is in 13th place heading into Saturday, with 2,536 points. Viss clocked a 100m hurdles time of 16.65, cleared 5' 0" in the high jump, finished fifth in the shot put with a mark of 34' 5.5" (a PR), and concluded at 27.23 in the 200.

Meanwhile in the decathlon, Cal Poly freshman Jason Lewis holds ninth place thanks to 3,442 points. Lewis clocked a sixth-place 100-meter dash of 11.20, before adding a long jump of 21' 0.5" and a shot put of 33' 6.5", then closing by high-jumping 5' 11.25". Lewis joined Rickman in the top 5 for the 400m finale, clocking a time of 50.03. Four out of Lewis' five performances Friday (all except the shot) were season-bests.

Also in the decathlon, sophomore teammate Bailey Thayer ran the 100 in 11.62, PR'd in the long jump (via 21' 4.25"), and posted a mark of 37' 3.75" in the shot put before high-jumping 6' 2.75". Thayer didn't finish the 400, closing Friday with a partial score of 2,710.

UC Santa Barbara junior Hope Bender ended the first day in the heptathlon lead, with 3,434 points.

Top 3 scorers at the championships earn all-conference honors. Saturday's action starts at 12 noon for the decathlon and 12:30 for the heptathlon.