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ARCADIA — Local athletes from several area schools competed at the nationally-renowned Arcadia Invitational at Arcadia High School Friday night.

The Arroyo Grande foursome of Luis Jazo, Ban Taylor, Jason Maule and Christian Ricketts combined for a time of 7 minutes, 51.43 seconds in the invitational section of the men's 4x800 relay.

The invitational sections are the top level ones at the two-day meet.

Santa Ynez junior Sarah Perkins was the first local to compete Friday. She threw 38 feet, 0.75 inches in the emerging elite section of the women's shot put.

She won the section and earned a spot in the next section up, the open elite section.

Perkins will throw at 11 a.m. Saturday. If she wins that section she will compete in the invitational section Saturday night.

"When I found out I got into this meet as an original athlete I wasn't surprised," she said.

"But when I found out it was with an elite mark, I thought 'Whoa, this is big.'"

Arroyo Grande junior Amber Martin finished 13th out of 13 throwers in the women's discus at 33.86.

She competed in the second of two flights. The second flight was the highest of the two flights.

Cabrillo senior Haleigh Batty qualified to jump Saturday in the long jump. She won her section Friday night with a best of 17-10.

"My lifetime best is the 18-11 I jumped this year at Lompoc," she said.

"I'm not too happy with the outcome tonight but I'm happy I'm here."

Batty said,"I've been having some trouble with my quads. They feel tight. I don't know if the problem is knots or what. I'm going to get treatment next week.

Batty will compete in the high jump Saturday.

Lompoc junior Casidy Cunningham fouled out in the women's long jump.

College track and field

Poly's Rickman breaks meet record

Cal Poly decathlete Jacob Rickman broke Ashton Eaton’s meet record in the shot put at the sixth annual Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational on Friday, surpassing the mark from a year ago by the two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Rickman, a redshirt junior for the Mustangs, posted a mark of 50 feet, 5.5 inches at Westmont, shattering his previous career-best 47-6.25 in the process of winning by more than 5-9.

Eaton, the world record-holder for the decathlon, who has also made appearances at two Cal Poly Invitationals in years past, set the Sam Adams record last year at 49-5. 

Rickman is in fifth place overall in the standings, having accumulated 3,734 points halfway through.

He opened with another PR in the 100-meter dash (taking fifth place in 11.08 seconds), recorded another career-best showing by landing at 21-0.75 in the long jump, and high-jumped 5-10.75 before closing the evening with one more lifetime-best result: 50.93 in the 400 meters. 

Rickman ranks No. 9 in school history for the decathlon, scoring 6,653 a season ago at the same site (for the Jim Klein Multis). 

Cal Poly freshman Bailey Thayer is in 10th place, with 3,115 points. His opening day included two season bests: 20-1.75 in the long jump and 6-1.75 for the high jump.

Senior teammate Ted Scranton entered three of the five events, running 11.51 in the 100-meter dash, earning fifth place in the shot put at 43-5 and then clocking a time of 52.00 in the 400m. 

Last season, Rickman and Scranton keyed Cal Poly’s top four decathletes to a season-best average of 6,932 points — No. 2 in the country in the USTFCCCA national rankings, ahead of Texas A&M (6,918) and behind only Wisconsin (7,423).

Wichita State junior Hunter Veith, the defending Missouri Valley Conference champion, holds the lead entering Day 2 with 3,991 points.

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