Sydney Willits of Iowa State looks on during the women's heptathlon

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (March 24) — Thai Thompson and Sydney Willits secured respective victories in the multi-events at the 2023 Aztec Invitational to close out the competition on Day 2 on Friday (24). Thompson set a new San Diego State facility record with a decathlon score of 6,866 points, surpassing the previous record of 6,204, while Willits won the heptathlon with an overall score of 4,931 points.

Thompson, who came out on top in the three-men competition, won five of the 10 events and set three personal records in the decathlon on his way to finishing ahead of Garrett Ostrinski of Fresno State, who was 236 points behind with 6,630 points. – Read more: Anna Purchase leads women’s field in Hammer Throw at 2023 Aztec Invitational

In the heptathlon, Willits claimed the title with an overall score of 4,931 points against a much larger and more competitive field. The sophomore, who entered the second day of the competition with a 19 points lead, had top-three finishes in four of the seven events while winning the 200m and achieving two personal bests over the two days of the contest.

Kaja Bins of Fresno State was only three points behind Willits at the end of the competition –tallying 4928 points for second place, while Johanna Haas of Nevada totaled 4,816 to round out the podium with a third-place finish.

Ava Cinnamo of Iowa State scored 4780pts for fourth place overall, with the top five completed by Boise State’s Emily Stefan with 4,744pts.

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