PROVO -- After the first day of competition at the Clarence Robison Invitational, BYU senior Devin Scoresby tallied a personal-best 4,003 points in the decathlon to lead the field after five of the 10 events.
"Scoresby is having the meet of his life right now," BYU head men's track coach Mark Robison said. "To score 4,000 points in the first day is huge. If he can get another 3,400 points tomorrow, he'll qualify for the NCAA Championships. He isn't as good on the second day, but I think he'll get it done. He's got a real good shot after having a day like today."
After a third-place finish in the 100-meters (11.20) to start the day, Scoresby, a native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, moved in to second place with a person-best and regional qualifying mark of 24-02.5 in the long jump to earn 905 points. A winning distance of 42-09.5 in the shot put moved Scoresby into the overall lead after three events with a combined total of 2,392 points. The former Junior College All-American extended his lead over Idaho State's Adam Matthews after a winning height of 6-07.00 in the high jump. Scoresby finished the day with an overall second-place finish in the 400-meters with a time of 50.36 to pick up another 798 points.
BYU senior Curtis Pugsley moved in to second place in the decathlon with a one-day total of 3,768 points after posting 758 points in the high jump (6-04.75) and a 790-point, fifth-place finish in the 400-meters.
Junior Devin Howe moved from sixth to fourth place after winning the 400-meters in a time of 49.69 to earn 829 points for a first-day personal-best of 3,641. Freshman Chris Weirich finished the first day of competition in 10h place with 3,110 points.
The decathletes will complete the 10-event competition on Thursday, competing in the 100-meter hurdles, discuss, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meters. Action is scheduled to get underway at 12 noon at the BYU Track & Field Complex.
While there are no current BYU women athletes competing in the heptathlon, former BYU star Marsha Mark-Baird, who is attempting to qualify for the Olympics as a representative of Trinidad & Tobago, finished the day in second place with a combined total of 3,336 points.
According to BYU head women's coach Craig Poole, with today's performance Mark-Baird is on pace to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
"As a representative of Trinidad & Tobago, Marsha needs to meet the 'B' standard in the event to qualify for the Olympics," Poole said. "That means she needs to get a total of 5,900 points. With her performance today, she's on pace to reach that mark. She's doing very well."
Marsha-Mark was a 1998 All-American heptathlete for the Cougars and represented Trinidad & Tobago at the 2000 Olympic Games in Syndey.
Poole said there are other Olympic hopefuls who will be competing this weekend, including current team members Kassi Andersen (USA) and Michaela Mannova (Czech Republic).
The Robison Invitation will resume on Thursday with the final events in both the heptathlon and decathlon.