BERKELEY – Two California Golden Bears were in action on Friday at the 18th Annual California Multis at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley. Junior Jaci Powell came from behind to claim the heptathlon title with a total of 5,042 points, while senior Andrew Cruikshank finished second in the decathlon with 6,745 points. BYU’s Joshua Weirich took home the decathlon title with 7,412 points.
"Jaci had a strong second day as expected," Director of track & field Tony Sandoval said on Friday. "We're all encouraged about her moving forward into the outdoor season. Andrew did record a PR for him in spite of a couple of events that he struggled with, but he persevered and I am very pleased with his effort."
Powell opened Friday’s competition by earning 637 points in the long jump, leaping a distance of 17-4.00 (5.28m), well below her all-time best of 18-11.25 set in 2013. The leader after the first day was BYU’s Nicole Laws, who placed third in the long jump, widening her lead heading into the sixth event. Powell then claimed the javelin throw with a mark of 121-11 (37.17m) which scored her 613 points and took over the lead. Heading into the seventh and final event, the Oakdale, Calif. native needed to finish within five seconds of Laws in the 800-meters to capture her first heptathlon title at Cal. Powell earned 733 points with a time of 2:26.83 and held off a late charge from Laws (2:31.22) to capture the heptathlon event.
Cruikshank opened day two of the decathlon very well, winning the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.25, which propelled him into second place by picking up 820 points. The Santa Ana, Calif. native earned 736 points in the discus, with a throw of 142-3 (43.36m), which surpassed his previous best mark of 138-3, set in April of 2013. He also set a new PR in the pole vault, clearing a height of 13-1.50 (4.00m), which saw him pick up 617 points. Cruikshank scored 542 points in the javelin throw with a mark of 153-7 (46.81m) and finished his day placing fourth in the 1500-meters with a time of 4:37.35, closing out the afternoon with 697 points.
In addition to Powell and Cruikshank at the Cal Multis, a contingent of the Cal track & field team will be competing on Saturday at the Hornet Invitational on the campus of Sacramento State University in the state capital.
18th Annual California Multis Edwards Stadium/Berkeley, Calif. California Results