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Lanovaz, Briggs, Thayer in Scoring Position After Day 1 of BWC Multis

Lanovaz, Briggs, Thayer in Scoring Position After Day 1 of BWC Multis

GOLETA, Calif. — Through the first day of the Big West Multi-Event Championships, three Cal Poly Track & Field student-athletes hold scoring places on the leaderboards, as the four Mustangs opening the Conference Finals at UC Santa Barbara combined for six PRs and seven additional season-bests Friday.

Heading into Saturday at Pauley Track, Caice Lanovaz is in fifth place for the heptathlon, with 3,019 points, followed by Amani Briggs in sixth with 2,829 points. Bailey Thayer carries a seventh-place decathlon score of 3,485 into Day 2, ahead of Jason Lewis in 10th at 3,333 points.

Lanovaz, a 2018 all-conference honoree who ranks No. 5 in school history in the heptathlon, started her meet just five-hundredths of a second back of her recent 100m hurdles PR, opening with a time of 14.67 seconds, before clearing a season-best high jump height of 5-foot-3.75, good for a third-place tie.

Then after a shot put mark of 33' 11.25", Lanovaz tallied another season-best effort, closing with a fourth-place 200-meter time of 25.72 seconds. Lanovaz's opening-day total was 19 better than her 2018 score.

Briggs opened with back-to-back PRs, clocking a 14.90 in the 100m hurdles prior to a clearance of 5' 3.75" in the high jump, tying for third. She then posted a shot put mark of 30' 2.75" before earning a season-best 200m time of 26.70. Briggs' previous best — 4,241 points — took fourth place at last year's CCCAA Championships.

Hope Bender of the host Gauchos holds the first-day lead, tallying 3,518 points. Bender is looking to repeat by going back-to-back to her 5,561 points last spring.

Meanwhile in the decathlon, Thayer opened with three consecutive career-best showings. He started with a 100-meter dash of 11.63 seconds, long-jumped 21 feet, 10.25 inches, and then reached a mark of 39' 0.5" in the shot. Recently on a roll in the high jump after establishing a career-best 6' 8.75" a week ago, Thayer came in second Friday clearing 6-foot-7, prior to wrapping up his day with a season-best 400m run of 54.64 seconds.

Lewis also had a peak day, beginning with a season-best 100 performance of 11.25 seconds, then a career-best long jump of 21' 3.25", followed by a season-best shot put mark of 32' 7.75". After high-jumping 5' 8.5", Lewis closed with a fourth-place 400m time of 50.88.

UCSB's Tyler Nelson, who in 2016 won the Big West championship as a sophomore, is in first place through the first half with 3,943 points, 124 up on UC Davis' Kyle Clancy, the defending champ.

Top 8 finishers will tally team points carrying over into the full portion of the Big West Championships next weekend.

Day 2 action will go from about 12 noon to 6 p.m. in all, as Saturday's decathlon will feature the 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500 meters. The heptathlon starts at 12:30 p.m. with the long jump, preceding the javelin and 800m.