McMullen Wins Atlas & Athena with World-Leading Decathlon

May 7, 2004

Berkeley, Calif. - Volunteer assistant coach Phil McMullen won Cal's second annual Challenge of Atlas & Athena today with 8,124 points, the highest score of any decathlete in the world in 2004.

'It was a last-minute decision to get into the meet,' McMullen said. 'I had done a decathlon early and both (Cal multi-events coach) Ed (Miller) and myself decided to go for one more before the Trials to gauge where we were at.'

While McMullen was pleased, he remained focused on the future.

'What I really need to do happens on two days in July,' McMullen said, in reference to U.S. Olympic Trials which take place July 9-18 in Sacramento, Calif. McMullen will take the next week off for speaking to children through his sponsor, Brightpoint, a logistics company in the cellular industry in Indianapolis, Ind. McMullen is also a member of the Nike team.

The Atlas second-place finisher was Andrew Whitson from Virginia Intermont with 6,027 points.

'Phil posted a big score for a low-key situation and that speaks to his training,' Cal head coach Chris Huffins said. 'His support of our kids has been invaluable and we would like to give him back that support as often and as much as possible.'

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