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Sports in Brief: Decathlete Morrison leads on day one of Texas Relays

By Byron Atashian
Daily Cal Staff Writer
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Category: Sports > Spring > Track and Field

Cal track and field's senior decathlete Mike Morrison is the kind of person who performs best under pressure, according to both himself and his coach Tony Sandoval. The first day of the decathlon at the Texas Relays in Austin was no different.

In the shot put and long jump, he logged his highest marks both times on the final attempts. His last try in the shot put came in at 40-8.25 and he matched three competitors for the best long jump of the day, sailing 24-3.75.

Additionally, he broke his personal record in the 100m and tied his personal record in the high jump to put him at the front of the 22 competitors from all around the country.

His combined efforts were enough to put him in the lead by a slim margin of 35 points over Texas-Arlington's Romain Martin.

Of Morrison's four decathlons as a Bear, this is highest total after the first day with a total of 4,100.

His point totals from each event are 940 in the 100m, 913 in the long jump, 631 in the shot put, 794 in the high jump and 822 in the 400m.

Morrison's weakest events tend to be the throwing events and there are two today, the discus and javelin throw.However, the pole vault, which is one of Morrison's strongest events, is today as well.


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