Elite and College Athletes Compete at Sam Adams

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 4th, 2014


Ashton Eaton competing in the 100 meters during the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational at Westmont.

Ashton Eaton competing in the 100 meters during the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational at Westmont.

The first day of the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational saw world caliber decathletes and pentathletes compete alongside college athletes from both NAIA and NCAA institutions on the beautiful Westmont College Track in the foothills of Montecito. The event is named for former UC Santa Barbara track and field coach Sam Adams who spent a lifetime training elite level multi-event athletes and coaching college track and field competitors.

The men’s decathlon and the women’s heptathlon were each divided into two competitions designated “A” and “B” with the elite level athletes assigned to the “A” competition.

The men’s decathlon “A” competition started with the 100 meters, which was won by Ashton Eaton in a time of 10.43. Eaton, the reigning world champion and Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon, is one of several athletes competing in selected events. Steven Bastien of Samford (Ala.) took second in the event with a time of 10.85 with J. Patrick Smith of Chico State (Calif.) finishing third in a time of 10.95. Smith is an alumnus of local Dos Pueblos High School.

Gray Horn, who finished third at the US Olympic Trials in 2012, took first place in the men’s long jump, posting a new stadium record of 7.64 meters (25-0.75). Just behind Horn was Damian Warner of Nike with a mark of 7.62 meters (25-0). Warner, who completes for Canada, earned a bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. Bastien claimed third, jumping 7.27 meters (23-10.25).

Gunner Nixon of Adidas was the top finisher in the shot put with a mark of 15.03 meters (49-3.75). Nixon, who won the World Junior Championship in 2012, also won the USA Indoor National Championship in 2013 and finished second in the USA Outdoor National Championship. Placing second with a put of 14.86 meters (48-9) was Bastien Auziel of France. His teammate, Jeremy Lelievre, claimed third with mark of 14.15 meters (46-5.25).

Claiming first in the high jump was American Jesse Williams of Nike with a stadium record jump of 2.26 meters (7-5). Williams was followed by Tom FitzSimons of the Santa Barbara Track Club, which trains at Westmont. FitzSimons posted a height of 1.99 meters (6-6.25). Smith and John Burke of Chico State claimed third by clearing 1.96 meters (6-5).

The final event of the first day saw Eaton return to action to claim first place in the 400 meters with a time of 45.86. Warner came in second exactly two-seconds later (47.56). Gael Querin of France finished third with a time of 48.50.

At the end of the first day of competition, Smith leads among those who competed in every event with a point total of 3,948. Bastien is in second with 3,916 and Querin claims third with 3,909.

The first event in the women’s heptathlon “A” competition was the 100 meter hurdles won by Brianne Theisen-Eaton whose time of 13.29 second bettered her own stadium record of 13.31. Theisen-Eaton, who competes for Canada, won silver in the heptathlon at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow and in the pentathlon at the 2013 World Indoor Championships in Sopot. Placing second was Erica Twiss of Kansas State with at time of 13.58. Shana Woods of Chula Vista Elite claimed third with a time of 13.64.

In the high jump, Joslyn Barnes of Kansas State cleared 1.81 meters (5-11.25) to take first place. Barbara Nwaba of the Santa Barbara Track Club placed second with a jump of 1.78 meters (5-10). Nwaba is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara. Jillian Drouin of Sarnia ASW, Lindsay Schwartz of Santa Barbara Track Club and Madellaine Buttinger of Toronto tied for third with marks of 1.75 meters (5-8.75)

Antoinette Nana Djimou of France recorded the best mark in the shot put with a distance of 14.48 meters (47-6.25). Nana Djimou broke the stadium record that she set last Saturday at the Westmont Classic. Placing second was Jessica Zelinka of Canada who posted a mark of 14.06 meters (46-1.5). Zelinka earned a silver medal in the heptathlon in the Commonwealth Games held in Delhi in 2010 and a gold at the Pan American Games held in Rio de Janeiro in 2007. Theisen-Eaton had the third best mark at 13.92 meters (45-8).

Woods crossed the finish line the fastest in the 200 meters, posting a time of 23.98. Nwaba took second with a time of 24.10 and Sprunger was third with a mark of 24.18

Through four events, Nwaba leads in the heptathlon “A” grouping with 3,718 points. Schwartz is in second with 3,577 points and Woods claims third with 3,543 points.

The men’s decathlon “B” competition is led at the conclusion of the first five events by Gregory Hazell of Sacred Heart (Conn.) with 3,535 points. His teammate Drayke Jackson is in second place with 3,324 points. Ben McCollum of Westmont is in third place with 3,306 points.

Ben Gillmore of La Verne won the 100 meter dash in a time of 11.39 with Hazel taking second in 11.40 seconds. Westmont’s Bradford Ortlund and Quinton Alexander of Vanguard tied for third place with times of 11.52.

Hazel had the longest distance in the long jump at 6.93 meters (22-9). McCollum place second at 6.58 meters (21-7.25) and Jackson was third with a mark of 6.45 meters (21-2).

In the shot put, unattached David Burton finished third with a best mark of 12.56 meters (41-2.5). Payton Lewis of Vertical Elite notched second place with a distance of 11.41 meters (37-5.25). Alexander claimed third with a put of 11.16 meters (36-7-5).

Hazel’s jump of 1.96 meters (6-5) was the best “B” group high jump mark. Jackson was second with 1.90 meters (6-2.75) and Alexander was third with 1.87 meters (6-1.5).

The 400 meter race was won by Gillmore with a time of 51.27, followed by McCollum with a time of 51.33. Ortlund was the third finisher with a time of 51.88.

In the women’s heptathlon “B” parings, Sarah Skipper of Santa Barbara Track Club leads after the first day with 14.96 points. Westmont’s Beck Collier is in second with 2,980 points and Lindsay Honea is in third with 2,886 points. Kristan Holding of Westmont claims fourth place with 2,655 points.

Honea won the opening 100 meter hurdle event, posting a time of 14.86. Skipper came in second with a time of 14.96 while Collier notched third in 15.36.

Collier claimed first in the high jump, establishing a new Westmont record with a height of 1.78 meters (5-10). Skipper was second with a mark of 1.72 meters (5-7.75) and Nicole Bartosch of Sacred Heart was third, clearing 1.63 meters (5-4.25).
In the shot put, Honea claimed first with a distance of 10.54 (34-7). Skipper’s put of 10.00 meters (32-9.75) earned second place while Bartosch wrapped up third at 9.99 meters (32-9.5).

In the heptathlon’s final event of the first day, Bartosch won the 200 meters in a time of 25.52. Honea crossed the line with the second fastest time of 26.03. Westmont’s Lorien Patmore took third, finishing in 26.21 meters.

All athletes will complete competition tomorrow, beginning with the decathlon “B” 110 meter hurdles at 9:30 a.m.

[dec “A” results] [hept “A” results] [dec “B” results] [hept “B” results]