Mar 16, 2013 8:03 PM by Andrew Masuda
2012 London Olympic Gold Medalist Ashton Eaton and two-time Olympian Sharon Day each set a meet record and a new personal best at the Cal Poly Invitational on Saturday.
Eaton, who's coached by former longtime Atascadero resident Harry Marra, set a new personal record in the javelin throw with a mark of 218 feet, 7.5 inches. Cal Poly's Nick Ahrold finished second with a mark of 206 feet, 7.75 inches.
Eaton also broke the meet record, which was set in 1978. in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 13.76 seconds in his second run. He fell during the first heat, but was allowed to race in the second heat.
Day, a former Cal Poly All-American, returned to her former track and set a new personal outdoor best in the shot put of 48 feet, 5.5 inches. She also shattered the meet record set in 2001 in the long jump with a top mark of 20 feet, 1.5 inches. Day was also clocke din the 200 meter dash in 24.49 seconds.
San Luis Obispo High senior Ariel Becker, who's headed to Princeton next year, finished 8th in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.19. She beat a Fresno State runner. Breeauna Thompson of Fresno State won with a time of 12.05 seconds. Cal Poly's Mishe' Scott finished second in 12.20.
Other highlights on the day included a personal-best mark of 18 feet,half an inch by Cal Poly pole vaulter John Prader. Lia Rivers Birt won the women's 800 for Cal Poly (2:11.29), Brian Hutchinson of the Mustangs won the shot put (52 feet, 9 inches), and Kyle Lynch won the men's 1,500 with a time of 3:55.26.
Cal Poly, Boise State, UCSB and Fresno State sent athletes to the meet.
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