PHILADELPHIA - The 2006 Penn Relays College Men's Decathlon and College Women's Heptathlon were completed Wednesday afternoon.
In the decathlon competition, Devin Barry was in second place after Tuesday but pulled away for the win after the man ahead of him -- LSU's Darion Powell -- no-heighted on the pole vault and did not take part in the final two events. Powell was not the only member of the six-man field to have to stop; Avi Thomas of C.W. Post did not participate at all on Wednesday.
Barry began Wednesday by winning the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.67, before Powel blew the field away in the discus throw -- his throw of 44.61 meters (146 feet, 4 inches) was nearly 10 meters more than anyone else.
However, in the next event, Powell no-heighted, while Barry and Cornell's T.J. Toro cleared four meters (13 feet, 1.5 inches). Vito Spadafino of Cornell took first place in javelin throw with a hurl of 49.43 meters (162 feet, 2 inches), more than three meters ahead of his Big Red teammate, Toro, and then won the 1,500 run in a time of 4:37.36.
Barry's winning score was 6,407 points, nearly three hundred ahead of Toro (6,108). Spadafino's late charge allowed him to finish with 6,034 points, while Michigan's Adam Kiesler was fourth with 5,211 points.
In the College Women's Heptathlon, Buky Bamigboye of Georgetown was able to hold her lead from Tuesday and take the crown with 5,033 points. Kendra Erskine and Whitney Fuelling of Western Michigan were second and third, respectively, with 4,835 and 4,723 points. Shani Boston of Penn was fourth in with 4,717 points.
Kelsi Russell of Morgan State got the day started by winning the long jump with a distance of 5.59 meters (18 feet, 4.25 inches), defeating Bamigboye by .15 meters. In the javelin throw, Amy Reed of Messiah took top honors at 38.74 meters (127 feet, 1 inch) which defeated second-place Boston by more than four meters. Bamigboye then clinched her victory by taking first place in the 800-meter run, her third first-place finish in the competition. Bamigboye's time of 2:17.24 was .41 seconds better than Shannon Norris of Mount St. Mary's.