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Perfect Day For the Clay

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April 16, 2010
Gary Pine
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AZUSA, Calif. -- Under perfect weather conditions, more than 800 athletes competed in the Second Annual Bryan Clay Invitational hosted by Azusa Pacific Friday afternoon.

Athletes from all over the United States, Canada and Europe converged on Cougar Stadium for nearly 9 hours of track & field competition.

Olympic gold medal decathlete and Azusa Pacific alum Bryan Clay, for the whom the meet is named, was present all day and even competed in the 200 meters where he clocked a 21.48 to finish fourth.

Among some of the top individual women performances were Briana Glenn’s 11.53 to win the 100 meters. Simon Fraser’s Helen Crofts took the 800 meters with fine time of 2:05.59. Joanna Schultz of Notre Dame easily won the 400-meter hurdles with 58.95, nearly 4 seconds better than her closest competitor, and Simone du Toit of Southern Methodist captured the discus at 173’.

In the men’s competition, Samuel Francis won both the 100- and 200-meters with sprints of 10.27 and 20.89. David Registe won the long jump at 25’ 1¾”, and Michael Guerra of UC Santa Barbara took the javelin at 219’ 7”

Azusa Pacific athletes relished the moment before the home crowd. Freshman Poppy Lawman finished fifth in the women’s 800 meters with a sizzling 2:11.41, the sixth fastest time in program history and then turned right around and blazed a 4:36.53 for the eighth-best 1500 by a Cougar woman, while finishing second among the 52 competitors in the event.

On the men’s track, Cougar All-American Zach Keene was sixth in the 100 meters with a personal-best 10.89. Freshman Anthony Lacambra was eighth in the steeplechase, clocking a 9:50.23.

In the field events, NAIA champ Monti Sutton was second in the triple jump with a leap of 48’ 5 ½”.