Bruin Decathletes Place Sixth and Ninth After First Day of California Invitational Decathlon

April 17, 2003

Azusa, CA - After the first day of competition at the California Invitational Decathlon, hosted by Azusa Pacific University, Bruin decathletes Chris Staton and Andrew Phillips are in sixth and ninth place, respectively. Staton, who had the top high jump mark of the day at 6-7 (ties personal dec. best), also scored a personal best first day total of 3,482 points. Phillips, who set a personal decathlon high jump best of 5-11.50, scored 3,341 points.

Former Bruin decathlete Octavious Gillespie, competing for Guatemala, placed second with 3,629 points.

Phillips' first day marks: 3,341 points;100m - 11.76 (w: 0.0, 699 pts); LJ - 21-5.25 (w: +2.7, 6.53m, 704 pts.); SP - 41-1 (12.52m, 638 pts.); HJ - 5-11.50 (1.82m, personal dec. best, 644 pts.); and 400m - 53.61 (656 pts.).

Staton's first day marks: 3,482 points (personal first day best); 100m - 11.70 (w: 0.0, 711 pts.); LJ - 21-9.50 (w: -0.2, 6.64m, 729 pts.); SP - 37-2.50 (11.34m, 566 pts.); HJ - 6-7 (2.01m, ties personal dec. best, 813 pts.); and 400m - 53.45 (663 pts.).

The California Invitational Decathlon will conclude Thursday, April 17, at the Azusa Pacific University Stadium in Azusa, CA.

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