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Lanovaz, Thayer Each in Cal Poly Top 10 at BWC Multi Championships

Lanovaz, Thayer Each in Cal Poly Top 10 at BWC Multi Championships

Mustang duo tallies the fifth and 10th-highest heptathlon, decathlon scores in school history, leading squads out to third, fourth-place starts to Conference Finals

GOLETA, Calif. — Caice Lanovaz improved her fifth-leading heptathlon score in school history on Saturday, and teammate Bailey Thayer moved to No. 10 all-time for the Mustangs in the decathlon, as the duo led Cal Poly to a combined 9 team points at the Big West Track & Field Multi-Event Championships at UC Santa Barbara.

Lanovaz came in fifth place with 5,123 points (securing 4 early team points carrying over into the full portion of the Conference Finals next weekend), while teammate Amani Briggs also compiled a career high of 4,461 (tallying 2 more team points), taking seventh place. The combo of Lanovaz and Briggs got the Mustang women's squad out to a tie for third place in the team standings at Pauley Track.

Meanwhile Thayer finished in sixth place in the decathlon with a score of 6,693. He chalked up 3 points to the team column, getting the men's squad out to a fourth-place start. Teammate Jason Lewis also registered a PR of 6,239 points, good for 11th.

Lanovaz posted either season-or-career-best performances in each of the three events Saturday, starting with a fourth-place long jump of 18 feet, 9.75 inches, her third straight meet in which she improved her top mark of 2019.

She then threw the javelin 105' 11" to add another PR, before closing with a season-best 800m time of 2:20.52, good for third place in the finale along with 816 last points to boost her beyond her previous career-high score of 5,011. Her new total, which ranks No. 28 in the NCAA's West Region, places her only 27 points back of the No. 4 spot in program history (held by Julie Tingle from 1993) entering her senior season.

Briggs also compiled a 3-for-3 day in terms of earning either season-bests or career PRs in every event. 

Briggs started her afternoon with a seventh-place long jump, PR'ing to 17' 5.25", and then landed a javelin mark of 99' 1". She finished her meet with a second straight season-best, clocking an 800m of 2:45.93, en route to finalizing a 220-point PR over her previous collegiate high score of 4,241.

Hope Bender (who came into this week ranked third nationally in 2019) of the host Gauchos established a meet record while winning her second consecutive title, etching a score of 5,819 points.

Thayer, a junior who moved up a spot from his seventh-place position heading into Day 2, started his afternoon with a 110m hurdles performance of 15.27 seconds, prior to releasing a PR in the discus, where he was third with a mark of 128 feet, 11 inches.

After that, Thayer added another career-best showing, clearing 13' 5.25" in the pole vault. Following a javelin throw of 163' 2", he clocked a 1,500m time of 5:08.57 to put the finishing touches on his score — which leapfrogged Jordan Goffena (2010) for the No. 10 spot on the all-time chart (post-1985 tables), also moving to No. 32 regionally.

Lewis' day began with back-to-back PRs: 15.88 seconds in the 110m hurdles and 87' 9" in the discus. Then after a 14' 5.25" clearance in the pole vault, he notched another season-best mark (124' 10" for the javelin) before improving his PR in the 1,500m by 1.6 seconds, finishing fourth in 4:50.70. Lewis bumped two spots up the board from his 13th-place championship debut as a freshman in 2018.

UCSB's Tyler Nelson, who in 2016 won the championship as a sophomore, reclaimed the title thanks to a score of 7,420 points, 127 up on the field while dethroning defending champ Kyle Clancy of UC Davis (third at 7,252).

Saturday's decathlon marked the first occurrence in more than 30 years at the meet in which every competitor surpassed 6,000-point totals. The full championships will return to UCSB May 10-11.