McMullen Leads Decathlon After Day One, Cal's Meredith in Sixth
March 23, 2005
Berkeley, CA -
Cold biting winds this morning made the possibility of scoring personal bests in any single event at this year's Cal Multi-Event seem distant. Indeed none of the athletes coached by Cal's Ed Miller were able to produce times or marks that they were solidly pleased with.
Cal assistant coach Phil McMullen, took the lead by the third event after sitting behind Pennsylvania's Kyle Calvo who would lead until McMullen's decisive win in the shot put, where he threw 14.88m (48-09.75) good for 782 points. Calvo would come close to retaking the lead in the high jump where McMullen faulted, going out at 1.91m (6-03.25), while Calvo would jump a clean 2.00m (6-07.00) for 803 points. McMullen finished the day with 3,857 points after running 50.26 in the 400m for 803 points.
Cal alum and volunteer assistant coach, Bruce Giron, was competing in his first decathlon competition and finished the day in fourth place with 3,572 points. Giron performed well all day, never scoring below 700 points in any event except the shot put and doing particularly well in the 400m running 49.83 for 822 points to win his heat.
Coming back after withdrawing from the MPSF championships heptathlon due to a knee injury, All-American Brooke Meredith jumped right back into it with tight competition which included the 2005 NCAA indoor Pentathlon champion Ashley Selig. Meredith was slighted by circumstance right away in the 100mH. Having to negotiate a head wind for her heat of -0.6 m/s while all the other heats enjoyed a moderate tail wind, Meredith only clocked 15.16 while still managing to win her heat. The time earned her 821 points, but placed her seventh overall. By the shot put, Meredith began to turn things around where she had the second farthest throw of the day at 11.86m (38-11.00) for 652 points. Meredith finished the day with a time of 26.36 in the 200m, good for 766 points giving Meredith a day one total of 2,951. The total puts her 207 points behind the lead which she'll have a chance to make up in tomorrow beginning with the long jump and continuing with the javelin and 800m.