World Leading Mark Set at Cal-Multi Event
March 24, 2005
Berkeley, CA -
Clear skies and a pleasant temperatures produced results at the second day of the Cal Multi-Event that its participants could be proud of. After a shaky start yesterday, which saw the athletes struggle against cold weather for mediocre marks, the second day saw the same group produce personal bests along with an overall world leading mark in the decathlon.
MCMULLEN LEADS WORLD
Leading off the day with a decent showing the 110mH, Cal assistant coach Phil McMullen threw a personal best in the discus of 51.70m (169-07.50) for a whopping 906 points. The next farthest throw was Chris Randolph of Seattle Pacific toss of 45.21m. McMullen continued to dominate in the pole vault, coming in after all the other contestants had fouled out. His final height of 4.90m (16-01.00) earned 880 points. McMullen closed the day out with a 791 point effort in the 1,500m where he ran 4:23.09. His final point tally of 7,922 would have almost certainly broken 8,000 had the first day's weather not been so contentious. Plenty of points were also given away in the javelin where McMullen usually throws in the mid-50m range, whereas today he only managed a throw of 51.97m (170-06.00). McMullen's score still leads the world, well ahead of Erik Surjan of Australia who led previously with 7,621 points.
Cal alum and assistant coach Bruce Giron, came in third place with a tally of 6,886 points. Giron competed strongly with personal records in the discus and pole vault, where he threw 35.79m (117-05.25) and vaulted 4.40m (14-05.25). This marks Giron's first full decathlon. During his time as a Cal athlete, Giron competed successfully as a 400m hurdler and triple jumper doing time on the 4x400m relay as well. After running out his eligibility, Giron decided to parlay his natural athleticism into the decathlon, inspired in part by the talent and tradition that surrounds the event at Cal. The 400mH and triple jump are not decathlon events.
NEBRASKA'S SELIG SEWS UP HEPTATHLON
Nebraska's Ashley Selig, led going into the second day of competition and finished the same way. Selig won both the long jump and 800m in the second day, failing only to capture a win in the javelin. Selig was the only athlete over six meters in the long jump, leaping to 6.04m (19-10.00) for 862 points. Her time of 2:26.13 in the 800m was the fastest of the day and earned her 877 points, bringing her final day tally to 5,474 points.
At the indoor 2005 NCAA championships, Selig was trailing BYU's Amy Menlove by 139 points going into the final event the 800m. In order to make up the point deficit, Selig would have to beat Menlove by more than 10 seconds. Selig came in at 2:13.40 over 11 seconds faster than Menlove to secure a winning margin of only 15 points.
All-American Brooke Meredith, withdrew from the second day of competition. Assistant coach Ed Miller had planned all-along to only have Meredith compete in the first day to test a knee injury that had forced her to withdraw from the indoor season. Meredith will compete in a full heptathlon at the Mt. Sac Relays in April.
Other Bears in the competition include redshirt freshmen Tifani Grimes and Artensia Young. Young was competing in her first full decathlon and finished tenth in the 'B' group, while Grimes set personal records across the board and finished 7th overall with a personal best point total of 4,718.
BEARS IN FLORIDA
Competition at the Florida Relays began today in Gainesville with the distance meet. Only a handful of Bears competed today with the majority of the distance athletes staying home for the Stanford Invitational which begins tomorrow. Freshman Alex McClary, posted a personal best in the 1,500m finishing fifth at 3:51.50 and only two-seconds shy of an NCAA qualifier. Sophomore Alexandra Hunnings, posted a personal best as well in the hammer throw with a mark of 54.45m (178-08.00) good enough for eighth place and an NCAA qualifier. Redshirt-freshman John Ludden made his outdoor debut count with a personal best in the hammer placing fourth with a throw of 55.89m (183-04). Ludden's throw earned him an NCAA qualifier as well.
Competition continues in the Florida Relays tomorrow through Saturday while more Bears prepare to compete in the Stanford Invitational tomorrow. Go to http://www.gatorzone.com and http://www.gostanford.com for live results.