CLAREMONT, Calif. – At the annual Claremont-Mudd-Scripps mulit-event competition, a handful of Beaver student-athlete competed in the decathlon and heptathlon events.
Brice Nzeukou, Chris Gardner and Ben Grabowski took their best shot at the decathlon while Sarah Wright and Jessica Swallow competed in the heptathlon.
Nzeukou posted a score of 4380 points which ranks as the fourth best decathlon score in Caltech history. Highlighting the 10-event competition for the junior was a first-place finish in his section of the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.63. In the 400 meter run Nzeokou was first in his section as he crossed the finish line in 52.84. That time ties the best mark run by a Caltech student-athlete this season.
Gardner came through in the final event (1500 meter run) with a first place finish. He nudged out the second place finisher by less than a second as he crossed the finish line in 4:38.65. Gardner finished the event with a score of 4171 points – the sixth best mark in Caltech history. It was the first time the first-year competed as a collegian in the event.
Grabowski tallied 3840 points in his collegiate debut in the two-day event. The first-year set a personal best mark of 8' 10 1/4" in the pole vault to highlight his individual efforts.
Wright had an excellent two-day stretch at the grueling event. The junior set her personal best score in the event by tallying 3962 points which was just over 100 points off from the school record of 4089 set in 2008 by Rene Davis. She set three personal best marks along the way.
Her throw of 30' 8 1/2" in the shot put moved her into a fifth place for the best mark in Caltech's top 10 list. She also moved to fifth on the school's high jump list with a jump of 4' 11". Wright improved her long jump by seven inches to 16' 5 1/4" to eclipse her personal record she set earlier this season.
In her final collegiate competition, Swallow scored 2717 points which ranked seventh on Caltech's top 10 list.
Also competing in the event as an unattached participant, assistant coach Kim DePrez scored 2860 points.