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Breanna Leslie broke Azusa Pacific's school record in the heptathlon, finishing with 5,369 points.

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April 19, 2012
Joe Reinsch
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DAY 1 RESULTS (Wednesday)
DAY 2 RESULTS (Thursday)

AZUSA, Calif. -- Junior heptathlete Breanna Leslie recorded a pair of personal-bests while breaking Azusa Pacific’s school heptathlon record with 5,369 points as competition wrapped up in the two-day Mt. SAC Relays and California Invitational heptathlon and decathlon events hosted by Azusa Pacific University.

Leslie broke the record of 5,205 set in 2008 by Zora Golcevska, the second multi-event record of Golcevska’s that Leslie has bettered this year. In February, she also broke Golcevska’s pentathlon record.

“I love competing here, because you get constant support,” Leslie said. “There were teammates here working the event, the coaches are constantly helping out, and my dad drove out from Arizona to help push me and watch me compete. The atmosphere here is just incredible.”

Leslie improved her personal-best in the 100-meter hurdles to 13.88 yesterday to start the heptathlon, and she finished it off with another personal-best as she carved nearly a second and a half off her previous best in the 800 meters with a time of 2:13.74. In between those two performances, Leslie came within a quarter-inch of her long jump PR with a leap of 19-feet, 3-inches, and she was only eight-hundredths of a second off her 200-meter best with a run of 23.52.

“This was such a fight, doing seven events with a little bit of heat,” Leslie said. “I struggled a little bit yesterday, and I had been fighting some pain in my knee so I really didn’t know how it would go today. It really felt like it was up in the air, but after the long jump today I knew I had to go for it because I was within the range. I knew I had to go all out and go for it at the end in the 800.”

Leslie finished seventh overall in the Mt. SAC Relays section of the heptathlon, which was won by unattached athlete Annett Fleming with a score of 5,851. Three athletes representing Wisconsin all finished in the top six, as did San Diego State’s Allison Reaser and unattached athlete Deanna Latham. Seven of the top 11 finishers posted PRs in the two-day heptathlon event.

Leslie also finished ahead of all 30 competitors in the California Invitational heptathlon section, which included Megan Vanwinkle and Emily Nash. Vanwinkle shattered her PR with 5,012 points, and Nash tallied 4,452 points, finishing 64 points shy of her personal-best. Vanwinkle’s score currently ranks second in the NAIA, behind only Leslie, while Nash now sits in fourth nationally during outdoor season.

On the men’s side, Azusa Pacific senior Casey Stevick cracked 7,000 points in the decathlon for the first time in his career, turning in the NAIA’s top decathlon score so far in outdoor season with his effort of 7,227 points. He registered PRs in six of the 10 events, including all five Wednesday events as well as Thursday’s pole vault (14-feet, 1.25-inches) competition.

Stevick finished second in the California Invitational “A” section, and Boise State’s Kurt Felix won the Mt. SAC Relays decathlon section (7,972 points). There was a third section, the California Invitational “B” section, which was won by North Dakota State’s Weston Leutz with 6,920 points.

The multi-events Mt. SAC Relays and California Invitational sections are now complete, but approximately 1,300 athletes from 130 different colleges and universities are set to converge on Cougar Stadium on Friday for the 4th Annual Bryan Clay Invitational.

During the event, Clay will be signing copies of his book, Redemption, which will be available for purchase at the event and will be officially released later in April. The book signing is scheduled to take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.