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Clay Shares The Day

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Photo by Joe Reinsch
Bryan Clay welcomed competitors to the meet which bears his name Friday morning, prior to competing and hosting a book-signing event at the Azusa Pacific University track.

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Published
April 20, 2012
By
Joe Reinsch
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AZUSA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific is home to the “World’s Greatest Athlete,” but reigning Olympic decathlon champion Bryan Clay was just another competitor among 1,300 participants on Friday at the 4th Annual Bryan Clay Invitational hosted on his home track at his alma mater, Azusa Pacific University.

Clay’s day included participation in the shot put, long jump, and javelin, and he also gave a welcome to all the participants and held a book signing for his newly-released autobiography Redemption.

He ended up winning the javelin, registering a throw of 229-feet, 1-inch, and he also notched marks of 49-feet, 0.25-inch in the shot put as well as a long jump of 23-feet, 6.25-inches. He was seven and a half feet beyond the javelin runner-up, and he took fifth in the long jump and 13th in the shot put competition.

“With Bryan Clay’s name on it, we know he expects excellence,” said Cougar women’s track & field head coach Mike Barnett. “That doesn’t necessarily put any more stress on us, but it’s nice to know that this is for both Bryan and the university. We couldn’t do this type of meet without all the help we get, and for the coaching staff, this wasn’t that stressful because we knew we had people in place to help things run smoothly. I thought we shined as a university and as a track meet to all the 120 schools who showed up and the 1,300 athletes.”

Azusa Pacific’s David Musson finished fourth overall in the javelin, and he was the best collegiate finisher in the event. His best throw of 212-feet, 9-inches was just two feet shy of his season-best, and he has exceeded the NAIA’s “A” qualifying minimum in all three competitions he’s participated in so far this spring.

Use the link below to access final results of today's meet.

4th Annual Bryan Clay Invitational Complete Results

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS (filmed & edited by Rob Small)