AZUSA, Calif. -- One of the greatest athletes in NAIA history, Canada’s Ruky Abdulai only enhanced her reputation with a stunning performance in the Mt. SAC Relays Heptathlon which concluded Thursday at Azusa Pacific.
Abdulai, who was an NAIA sprint and jump champion at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, not only won the first-ever heptathlon in which she has competed – the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays -- but she also posted the best heptathlon score in the world this season. Abdulai scored a hefty 6,086 points to steamroll her nearest competitor by more than 400 points. She won 2 of the 7 events – the high jump (5’ 11½”) and her specialty the long jump (21’ 10¾”) – and was consistent in posting strong marks in the other 5 events, including a heptathlon-ending 2:14.53 in the 800 meters.
Kalindra McFadden was second with 5,628 points while Idaho State’s Cassie Merkley finished third with 5,352 points. Meet host Azusa Pacific was represented by NAIA All-American Tiffeny Parker, who narrowly missed her first-ever 5,000-point heptathlon, instead finishing with 4,996 points to come in 12th place.
University of Missouri All-Americans Lars Rise and Nick Adcock went 1-2 in the Mt. SAC Relays decathlon, tallying the second- and third-best scores in the nation this season. Rise, the first-day leader, battled back and forth with Adcock throughout the second day of competition, eventually edging his fellow Tiger by just 21 points. Rise registered 7,693 points while Adcock collected a personal-best 7,672 points.
Gray Horn of Florida was third with 7,566 points.
Azusa Pacific’s All-American Casey Stevick registered a personal-best 6,912 points to finish among the top 10.
Kurt Felix of Boise State won the California Invitational decathlon with 7,220 points while Wisconsin’s Jenny Soceka captured the California Invitational heptathlon at 4,971 points. Azusa Pacific freshman Breanna Leslie was third with a near 500-point personal record of 4,781 points.