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Breanna Leslie broke Azusa Pacific's heptathlon record, scoring 5761 points to finish in third place overall at the Mt. SAC Relays heptathlon Thursday afternoon.

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April 18, 2013
Joe Reinsch
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AZUSA, Calif. -- Nebraska-Omaha junior Sami Spenner and North Dakota State junior Andy Lillejord won the Mt. SAC Relays combined events, with the top three individuals in both the heptathlon and decathlon all coming within 80 points of the top spot.

In the heptathlon, Spenner’s school-record 5,806 points led a group of top-four finishers who all set personal-bests, including Azusa Pacific senior Breanna Leslie, whose 5,761 points shattered her own previous mark of 5,369 points, which she set in last year’s Mt. SAC Relays.

San Diego State freshman Nicole Oudenaarden was the runner-up, and she too broke the school-record with 5,774 points to break teammate and fellow Mt. SAC Relays competitor Allison Reaser’s previous record. Oudenaarden also broke the Canadian Junior record she had set earlier in the year. While the top three all broke school-records, UCLA junior Tatum Souza’s personal-best 5,587 points moved her up to eighth on the Bruins’ all-time top ten.

Leslie opened the meet with marks the set or tied personal-records in four of the first five events, and her opening-day score of 3,440 points not only put her on PR pace with the biggest first-day total of her career but also put her in the lead out of 14 athletes who completed every event on the first day. She opened up competition by matching her 100-meter hurdles PR (13.88), and she cleared another PR in the high jump at 5-feet, 7.25-inches. After throwing 37-feet, 5.75-inches in the shot put, Leslie closed out the opening day with another PR in the 200 (24.27).

Her second day opened with yet another career-best, this time in the long jump with a leap of 19-feet, 3.5-inches. After throwing the javelin 120-feet, 3-inches into the wind, Leslie closed out the school-record performance by finishing within a second of her PR in the 800 at 2:14.16. Azusa Pacific junior Megan VanWinkle finished ninth overall with a new personal-best 5,238 points, establishing new PRs in each of the three events on the track: 100-meter hurdles (14.71), 200 meters (25.61), and 800 meters (2:21.55).

In the decathlon, the separation between the top three finishers was 80 points, with Lillejord and runner-up Teran Walford, a Nebraska senior, each posting new decathlon PRs. Lillejord, who ranked second behind Washington senior Jeremy Taiwo among the collegiate competitors after the first day, took the lead through nine events after clearing 15-feet, 9-inches in the pole vault and throwing the javelin 167-feet, 6-inches. He finished the day with a personal-best 7,397 points. Walford scored 7,330 points to take second place, and Minnesota senior Jack Szmanda took third with a 7,317-point effort.

Azusa Pacific junior Tomek Czerwinski competed in the California Invitational “A” section of the decathlon, scoring 5,977 points despite registering no-height in the pole vault. Czerwinski’s teammates Matthew Nash and Justin Young both finished in the top seven of the California Invitational “B” section with personal-best performances. Nash placed fifth overall, scoring 6,326 points, while Young was just two spots back in seventh with a 6,215-point effort.

Listed below are the 2013 Mt. SAC Relays and California Invitational meet’s individual champions:

Mt. SAC Relays: Sami Spenner (Nebraska-Omaha), 5,806 points
California Invitational: Chari Hawkins (Utah State), 5,441 points

Mt. SAC Relays: Andy Lillejord (North Dakota State), 7,397 points
California Invitational “A”: Ted Glasnow (Notre Dame), 7,315 points
California Invitational “B”: Michael McPherson (Utah Valley), 6,973 points