Trojans Have A Strong First Day In the Multi-Events At Aztec Invitational|
March 27, 2014
Senior Viktor Fajoyomi is in first place and junior Jemal Williams is in sixth place in the decathlon and freshman Amalie Iuel is in second place in the heptathlon at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego, Calif. today (March 27). The two-day multi-events competition will conclude tomorrow with the men competing in the 110m HH, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500m race, while the women will battle in the long jump, javelin throw and 800m race.
Fajoyomi scored 3,968 points during the first day's action to lead the competition by 176 points over Alec Fellows of Oregon. Fajoyomi fell a little short of his first-day PR of 4,025 which he set at the Pac-12 Championships last season. He went on to place fifth in the conference meet last season. Williams scored 3,540 points to establish a new first-day PR, surpassing the 3,423 he scored in placing 10th at the 2013 Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships.
The day began with both athletes setting 100m PRs. Fajoyomi placed fourth in the event with a time of 11.28 (+1.2) and Williams finished fifth with a time of 11.33 (+1.3). Fajoyomi earned 799 points and Williams 789 points in the 100m dash.
The next event was the long jump and Fajoyomi won the competition with a jump of 23-8.25/7.22m (+1.2) and scored 866 points. Williams tied his PR with a jump of 20-2.25/6.15m to place seventh and earn 619 points.
Williams placed third in the shot put with a mark of 40-0.00/12.19m to earn 618 points. Fajoyomi had his lowest event score of the day with 605 points, as he finished fourth with a shot put of 39-3.75/11.98m.
Fajoyomi bounced back to win the high jump competition with a clearance of 6-10.75/2.10m to gain 896 more points. Williams had a PR of 6-4.75/1.95m to place fifth in the event and earn 758 points.
The final event for the men was the 400m race. Fajoyomi ran 50.27 to finish fourth and earn 802 points and Williams finished fifth with a time of 51.29, good for 756 points.
Iuel is competing in her first heptathlon and finished the first day tying for or winning two of the four events and scoring a total of 3,019 points. The first-day leader is Kaymarie Jones of Jamaica who scored 3,174 points.
Iuel began her day by taking fourth in the 100m HH with a time of 14.59 to earn 897 points. The next event was the high jump and Iuel tied for first with a clearance of 5-5.75/1.67m to earn 818 points. Her high jump results moved her temporarily into first place by three points.
The shot put competition turned out to be her toughest event of the day and her best mark was for 27-8.00/8.43m. She scored 427 points in that event and dropped into third place.
She finished her day by winning the 200m race with a time of 25.11 (-1.0) to earn 877 points. To put into perspective Iuel's 3,019 first-day points in her first-ever heptathlon, that total would have ranked eighth after the first day at the 2013 Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships.