April 18, 2012
The Bruin decathletes posted several lifetime-bests on day one of the California Invitational/Mt. SAC Relays multi-event competition on Wednesday.
Sophomore Marcus Nilsson, who is competing in the top section of the decathlon, labeled the Mt. SAC section, stands in 10th-place overall with a five-event score of 3926 points. Throughout the first day, Nilsson tallied three lifetime-bests and one season-best mark.
He started off the day by running a season-best in the 100m (11.39, 776 pts.) and then posted a lifetime-best mark of 23-4.75 in the long jump (845 pts.). Nilsson followed that up with a lifetime-best performance in the shot put (47-1.50, 750 pts.) and personal-best clearance in the high jump (6-4.25, 749 pts.). The Swede ended the day by running 50.19 in the 400m (806 pts.) for a total score of 3926 points.
Giovannoni opened up the day with a 100m time of 11.17 (823 pts.) and followed event one up with a long jump mark of 22-7 (785 pts.) and a shot put mark of 39-5.75 (608 pts.). In the high jump, he cleared a lifetime-best of 5-4.25 (749) and then wrapped up the day with a lifetime-best run in the 400m (50.19, 806 pts.). His five event total was 3771 points.
Thomas posted lifetime-bests in four of the five events contested on Thursday. He ran a lifetime-best in the 100m (11.49, 755 pts.) and posted a lifetime-best jump of 21-11.75 (743 pts.) in the long jump. In the shot put, Thomas threw 42-4.75 (662 pts.). He then cleared a lifetime-best of 6-2 in the high jump (696 pts.) and ended the day with a personal-best time in the 400m (51.01, 769 pts.). Thomas's total score for day one was 3625 points.
Perez ran 11.39 in the 100m (776 pts.), had a long jump mark of 20-7.25 (648 pts.), threw the shot put a distance of 33-5.25 (497 pts.) and cleared 6-00.75 in the high jump (670). He ended the day with a season-best run of 49.45 in the 400m (840 pts.) for a five-event total of 3431 points.
Competition continues on Thursday with the final events of the decathlon - the 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500m.