Fajoyomi Wins Cal Multi-Events Championship|
March 28, 2013
Viktor Fajoyomi won his first career decathlon competition and Jemal Williams placed fourth at the Cal Multi-Events Championships held in Berkeley, Calif. on March 28-29. Kiana Henry competed in her first heptathlon for USC and placed 13th.
The junior Fajoyomi competed as a high jumper/long jumper/triple jumper his first two seasons at USC, but has switched to the decathlon this season and if his first meet is any indication, it was a brillant move. Fajoyomi scored 7,078 points to win the Cal Multi-Events championships, a total that is just 20 points outside the Trojans' all-time top 10 in the event. No Trojan has cracked the USC top 10 since the 2003 season. Also, Fajoyomi's total points would have placed him fourth at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships.
Fajoyomi took control of the competition early and never was seriously challenged on the second day. He scored 3,943 points on day one to lead by 187 points entering the second day. He opened the competiton by running 11.46 in the 100m dash to earn 761 points and then had a PR in the long jump of 24-0.25 to earn 891 points. He followed that up with a season best in the high jump of 6-11.00 (2.11m) to earn 906 points. His fourth event the first day was the shot put and he had a mark of 38-1.50 (11.62m) to earn 583 points. The final first-day event was the 400m race and he ran 50.28 to earn 802 points.
Fajoyomi began the second day by matching his season-best time of 15.01 in the 110m HH to earn 848 points, but he did give back 62 points to Ethan Wilkins of Iowa State, who placed fifth in the decathlon at the 2012 Big 12 Track and Field Championships. Wilkins moved to within 150 points of first. Fajoyomi then threw the discus 113-2 to earn 553 points. Although not a strong mark, it was second in the competition to his teammate Williams. Fajoyomi then cleared 11-9.75 (3.60m) in the pole vault to gain 509 points, but his lead had grown to 228 points. In the javelin throw, Fajoyomi had a best mark of 140-1 (42.69m) to earn 481 points. After nine events, his lead stood at 180 points. He then closed out the competition in style by earning 744 points and running a 4:30.05 1500m race. Austin Basterrechea of the College of Southern Idaho won the 1500m race with a time of 4:14.65 to earn 828 points to finish in second place with 6,742 points.
Williams also had a strong meet, taking fourth place with a PR of 6,417 points, 229 points more than he scored when he totaled 6,188 at the 2012 conference meet. During the Cal Multi-Events meet Williams notched five personal bests.
The sophomore finished the first day of competition with a total of 3,297 points and a sixth-place standing. He scored 222 more points than he scored in the first day of the Pac-12 Championships last season, his only other college decathlon. On the first day, Williams opened with a PR of 11.72 in the 100m dash to earn 707 points and followed that up with a long jump of 19-8.0 to earn 584 points. He then had a PR of 40-9.0 (12.42m) in the shot put to earn 632 points, followed by a PR of 6-0.50 (1.84m) in the high jump to earn 661 points and a PR of 52.36 in the 400m race to earn 713 points.
The second day began with him running 15.81 in the 110m HH to earn 754 points. Williams then had the top discus throw of the day of 129-0 (39.32m) to earn 651 points. He then also topped all competitiors in the pole vault and tied his PR with a clearance of 14-1.25 (4.30m) to earn 702 points to move into fourth place. In the ninth event, Williams threw the javelin 128-3 (39.09m) to earn 429 points. Williams finished off his work by running a 4:55.78 in the 1500m race to earn 584 points.
The sophomore Henry finished in 13th place in the women's multi-events with a two-day total of 3,985 points in her first heptathlon for USC. She posted four season-best marks and one PR in the competition.
Henry finished the first day in 17th place with a total of 2,446 points after competing in the 100m HH, high jump, shot put and 200m race. She opened the competition with a season-best time of 15.42 in the 100m HH to earn 787 points which would be her best scoring event of the meet. Henry then had a season-best high jump of 4-7.00 (1.40m) to earn 512 points. She then had season-best shot put of 32-11.00 (10.03m) for 531 points and ended the first day with a time of 28.19 in the 200m dash for 616 points.
Henry came out strong in the first event of the second day with a season-best 17-10.25 in the long jump to earn 683 points which moved her into 11th place. She struggled in the javelin throw with a best mark of 61-3 (18.67m) to earn just 264 points in that event and she fell back to 14th place. Henry closed out the competition by running a PR of 2:38.33 in the 800m race to earn 592 points which moved her up to 13th place.