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Alex McCune (center) scored a personal-best 7,768 points to win the Mt. SAC Relays decathlon.

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April 17, 2014
Joe Reinsch
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AZUSA, Calif. -- University of Akron junior Alex McCune ran away with the Mt. SAC Relays decathlon championship, and Barbara Nwaba won the Mt. SAC Relays heptathlon in a close finish between three athletes.

McCune scored a personal-best 7,768 points after posting career-bests in four of the 10 events. On the opening day, he set personal-bests in the 100 meter dash (10.89) and the 400 meter dash (50.41), and on day two he broke his PRs in the discus (136-feet, 9-inches) and javelin (195-feet, 1-inch) throwing events. The defending Mid-American Conference (MAC) champion broke his previous best by a margin of 357 points.

In the heptathlon, Nwaba surged past two-time Canadian Olympic hurdler Angela Whyte in the final event, beating every challenger in the 800 meters with a time of 2:11.42. Nwaba finished with 6,043 points to take the top spot on the U.S. heptathlon performance list for this season, and Whyte took second with a score of 6,018 points. Just 15 points behind Whyte was last year’s Mt. SAC Relays heptathlon champion, Sami Spenner, who notched personal-bests in all three running events while scoring 6,003 points for a new personal-record that puts her third on this year’s U.S. heptathlon list.

Former Azusa Pacific athlete Breanna Leslie placed fifth in the heptathlon, beating her personal-record with a 5,893-point effort, and another former Cougar, Tiffeny Parker, also placed in the top-ten with a personal-best 5,562 points.

In the decathlon, McCune’s closest competitor was Great Britain’s Ben Gregory, who finished 251 points off the winning score by tallying 7,517 points. In third place with 7,142 points was Akron senior Bryan Jones, who beat Kansas State’s Devon Dick by a narrow four-point margin.

The only current Azusa Pacific athlete in the competition was junior Justin Young, who placed 10th in the California Invitational “A” group with a personal-best 6,408-point effort. Young matched his personal-best in the high jump, clearing 6-feet, 0.5-inches, and he chopped almost 15 seconds off his personal-best in the 1500 meters, wrapping up the event with a 5:03.82.

Listed below are the 2014 Mt. SAC Relays and California Invitational meet’s individual champions:

Mt. SAC Relays: Barbara Nwaba (Santa Barbara TC), 6,043 points
California Invitational: Aaron Howell (Michigan), 5,362 points

Mt. SAC Relays: Alex McCune (Akron), 7,768 points
California Invitational “A”: Derek Masterson (unattached), 7,281 points
California Invitational “B”: Dan Golubovic (UC San Diego), 6,720 points