May 3, 2013
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - All four UC Davis track and field multi-event specialists posted first-day scoring highs on Friday as they opened competition at the Big West Multi-Event Championships at Cal State Northridge.
Junior Kira Rienecker scored 2,636 points and is 11th through the first four events of the heptathlon. She is just 139 points out of a top-eight placing. The top eight finishers will score early team points toward the remainder of the Big West Championships which take place next weekend.
Freshman Steven Pust tallied 3,756 points midway through the decathlon and is in 11th place.
Rienecker, who finished 12th at last year's Big West meet, scored her best finish on Friday in the 200-meter run where she was third in a season-best time of 25.33 seconds, scoring 857 points.
Freshman Tori Edwards is in 13th place with 2,572 points, highlighting her day with a sixth-place performance in the shot put where she scored 577 after her throw of 35 feet, 7.25 inches.
Sophomore Murphy Nicholson is 15th after scoring 2,335 points. She finished the 100 hurdles in 16.33 seconds, picking up 674 points for her highest score on Friday.
All three Aggies posted three PR's apiece during the first day of the Big West Multi-Event Championships.
Samantha Ballentine of Hawai'i has the lead after the first four events, scoring 3,235 points to lead Jazmine Lewis of UC Riverside (3,010) by 225 points. Hawai'i's Amanda Alvarez is in eighth with 2,775 points as Rienecker tries to move past her to score team points.
Pust concluded the halfway point of the decathlon with a strong finish in the 400. He finished fifth in 50.87, eclipsing his PR of 51.73 at the Mondo Mid-Major. Pust scored 569 points for the event. He scored his highest point total in the opening event, the 100 meters, where he was eighth in a personal-best 11.56 seconds for 740 points. Pust had three individual event PR's on Friday.
Derek Masterson of UC Santa Barbara has 3,756 points at the midway point and leads teammate Mikael Powers (3,728) by 28 points.
"Highlighting the multis is a great way to start off the conference championship meet." said Aggie head coach Drew Wartenburg. "Today we saw numerous PR marks in single events to yield new Day 1 high marks for our athletes. Tomorrow we will look to adopt an opportunistic approach to scratch our way into point-scoring positions as the meet advances."
Competition concludes on Saturday. Several members of the rest of the Aggie track and field teams will be in action at the Sacramento State Open.
BIG WEST MULTI-EVENT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Northridge, Calif. (hosted by Cal State Northridge)
Day 1 of 2
UC Davis results only
HEPTATHLON (thru 4 events) - 1. Samantha Ballentine, Hawaii, 3,235 pts)... 11. Kira Rienecker, 2,636 points (100H - 14.95, 848 pts; HJ - 1.35 (4-05.00), 460 pts; SP - 9.11 (29-10.75), 471 pts; 200 - 25.33, 857 pts); 13. Tori Edwards, 2,572 points (100H - 15.55, 770 pts; 1.38 (4-06.25, 491 pts; SP - 10.73 (35-02.75), 577 pts; 200 - 26.73, 734 pts); 15. Murphy Nicholson, 2,335 points (100H - 16.33, 674 pts; HJ - 1.44 (4-08.75m), 555 pts; SP - 8.79 (28-10.25, 451 pts; 27.70, 655 pts).
DECATHLON (thru 5 events) - 1. Derek Masterson, UC Santa Barbara, 3,756 pts... 11. Steven Pust, 3,092 points (100 - 11.56, 740 pts; LJ - 6.21 (20-04.50), 632 pts; SP - 8.16 (26-09.25), 376 pts; HJ - 1.73 (5-08.00), 569 pts; 400 - 50.87, 775 pts).