April 11, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - UC Davis' Steven Pust finished second in the 400-meter dash on Thursday afternoon, scoring 737 points to help him into sixth place and highlighting his opening day in the decathlon at the Sacramento State Mid-Major Challenge.
Pust, a freshman from Merced, scored 3,018 points through the first five events after also picking up 732 in the 100 meters, the day's first event, which he finished in a wind-aided 11.61 seconds. Kira Rienecker placed third in the 200 for the Aggie women, picking up 829 points and moving into 10th place with 2,610 after the first four events of the heptathlon.
Tori Edwards has 2,502 points and is in 12th place while Murphy Nicholson and Kelsey Drain are tied for 14th with 2,157 points.
Pust added 587 points in the long jump (6.00 meters) while also picking up 644 in the high jump (1.82m) and 318 in the shot put (7.18m). He saved his best finish for the final event of the day, however, crossing the 400-meter finish line in 51.73 seconds, barely behind winner Powhattan Williamson (51.56) of Montana State.
Chase Dalton of BYU scored 3,752 points on Thursday and leads teammate Joshua Wierich by 43 points.
Rienecker put together a solid finish to her day as well, finishing third in the 200 with a wind-aided time of 25.64 seconds. Alison Worthen, the first-day leader with 3,301 points, won the event in 24.96 seconds. Rienecker added 855 points in the 100 hurdles, the heptathlon's first event of the day.
Edwards' best event came in the hurdles where she scored 739 while Nicholson (671) and Drain (679) tallied their best scores in the 200.
Both the decathlon and heptathlon finish on Friday while opening events of the balance of the meet begin as well. The track and field invitational, which brings together several schools in a scored meet, will be in full force on Saturday.
SACRAMENTO STATE MID-MAJOR
Day 1 of 3
UC Davis results
HEPTATHLON - 1. Alison Worthen, Seattle Pacific, 3,301 pts... 10. Kira Rienecker, 2,610 pts (100H - 14.90, 855 pts; HJ - 4-07.75, 534 pts; SP - 25-10.75, 392 pts; 200 - 25.64 (wa), 829 pts); 12. Tori Edwards, 2,502 (100H - 15.80, 739 pts; HJ - 4-07.75, 534 pts; SP - 32-11.75, 533 pts; 200 - 27.19 (wa), 696 pts); T14. Murphy Nicholson, 2,157 pts (100H - 16.56, 647 pts; HJ - 4-05.50, 470 pts; SP - 24-08.50, 369 pts; 200 - 27.50 (wa), 671 pts); T14. Kelsey Drain, 2,157 pts (100H - 17.31, 562; HJ - 4-04.25; 439; 30-02.25, 477 pts; 200 - 27.40 (wa), 679 pts).
DECATHLON - 1. Chase Dalton, BYU, 3,752 pts... 6 Steven Pust, 3,018 yards (100, 11.61 (wa), 732 pts; LJ - 6.00m (wa), 587 pts; SP - 23-06.75, 318 pts); HJ - 5-11.50, 644 pts); Shane Ryan, DNF (12.61, 536 pts).