Penn State Athletes Sweep College Decathlon, Heptathlon

Final Decathlon Results in PDF Format

Final Heptathlon Results in PDF Format

PHILADELPHIA - It is called the Penn Relays, but for two days it has been the Penn State Invitational.

Nittany Lion athletes swept the college men's decathlon and women's heptathlon competitions, which ran Tuesday and Wednesday and kicked off the weekend of festivities at the 113th Penn Relays.

In the decathlon, Chris Morrissey led a 1-2-3 PSU sweep by scoring 7,014 points. Teammate Shawn Colligan was second, with 6,781 points, while James Myles completed the sweep by taking third with 6,391 points. A total of six athletes participated.

Penn State's Gayle Hunter won the college women's heptathlon title at the Penn Relays, scoring 5,606 points in the seven events to easily surpass teammate Amber Strouse (4,919) in a 10-woman field.

Amy Reed of Messiah was third with 4,860 points, while Maddy Outman of Williams College was fourth (4,830).

In Wednesday's first event of the decathlon, the 110-meter hurdles, Myles took first place in 14.97 seconds while Morrissey was second in 15.21 and Colligan was third in 15.58.

In the discus, Michael Dell of Messiah took top honors with a winning toss of 40.15 meters, well ahead of second-place Colligan (35.14m).

Morrissey put some distance between himself and the field by winning the pole vault with a height of 4.25 meters. Colligan was second (4.05m), while T.J. Toro of Cornell was third (3.75m).

Colligan won the javelin event with a winning toss of 53.89 meters, easily outdistancing second-place Morrissey (48.79m) and Dell in third place (47.90m).

In the final event of the competition, Thomas Dunn of Delaware State won the 1,500 with a time of 4:30.23, ahead of Morrissey (4:41.04) and Colligan (4:49.17). They were the only three to break five minutes.

In the heptathlon, Hunter led after the first day, and put some distance between herself and the rest of the field in Wednesday's first event, the long jump. Hunter's best jump was 6.02 meters, far ahead of Outman (5.41m) and Strouse (5.32m).

In the javelin throw, Reed easily won with a distance of 46.60 meters, while Hunter was second (34.59m) and Natoya Baird of Coppin State was third (32.43m). No other women surpassed 30 meters.

Hunter punctuated her title by winning the final event, the 800, in 2:17.20. Outman was second in 2:18.68, with no one else beating the 2:20 mark.

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