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AZUSA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific hosted the opening day of the Mt. SAC Relays and California Invitational heptathlon and decathlon, and four Cougar student-athletes are part of the 97-athlete field that opened up competition Wednesday in Azusa.
“It was a strong day all the way around for us,” Cougar head coach Kevin Reid said. “Breanna had some really strong individual events and a first day PR, and Megan had a first day PR with a couple of PRs inside there. Emily was just off her pace for a PR, and Casey also had a first day PR, so it was really solid across the board.”
Breanna Leslie currently ranks sixth overall through the first four events of the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays heptathlon, scoring 3,261 points. Leslie opened the day’s action with a personal-best 100-meter hurdle time of 13.88, which was second-fastest of the 14 participants in the event.
On the men’s side, Casey Stevick sits in fourth place of the “A” Section of the California Invitational, and with 3,778 points he sits less than 160 points off the lead held by Montana State’s Asa Staaven. Stevick hit PRs in each of the first five events.
Other participants representing the Cougars include Megan Vanwinkle and Emily Nash, who are both competing in the California Invitational “A” group. Vanwinkle turned in a first-day PR of 2,957, and Nash was within striking distance of her own PR after finishing the opening day in 28th with 2,583 points.
“Our (multi-event) group still needs to qualify for nationals,” Reid said. “In addition to that, in a meet like this you also want to put up a big score. They all stepped up and did really well against the best in the country.”
The action continues Thursday with the conclusion of the Mt. SAC Relays and California Invitational multi-events, and Friday’s Bryan Clay Invitational has nearly 1,300 participants representing 130 different schools.