April 2, 2012
SANTA BARBARA -- Washington State decathletes Michael Bolligar and Sean Harris had solid first-day performances at the UC Santa Barbara Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational being contested at Westmont College.
Bolligar, a junior from Peoria, Ariz., is in eighth place with 3,619 points while Harris, a junior from Kent, Wash., is in 10th place with 3,442 points. The decathlon competition is led by Chris Randolph, former Seattle Pacific University decathlete now competing for Sketchers, with 3,920 points, while Oregon's Dakota Keys was the top collegiate in second place with 3,900 points.
Bolligar opened the decathlon by running the 100m dash in 11.18 seconds, long jumped 22-feet, 1 1/2 inches (6.74m), threw the shot put 36-8 1/2 (11.19m), high jumped 6-2 3/4 (1.90m), and ran the 400m dash in a time of 50.90.
Harris ran a lifetime-best 100m dash time of 11.46, long jumped 20-1 (6.12m), tossed the shot put 42-8 (13.00m), cleared 6-4 (1.93m) in the high jump, and ran the 400m in a time of 53.49.
"It wasn't our best day," Cougar Head Coach and multi-events coach Rick Sloan said. "We had a good start in the 100 but struggled in the long jump. Michael's ankle is bothering him. The shot put was okay. Michael's ankle bothered him on the approach in the high jump but Sean cleared 6-4. I thought we would be faster in the 400m, even though this was Sean's second-fastest 400m. I just thought we'd be better than what these marks showed. We'll need to get back to work to make a statement at the conference meet next month."
The competition continues Tuesday at noon with the 110m hurdles.