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Grant leads ASU in heptathlon at Mountain T

January 30, 2009

Freshman Duggan Grant stands in sixth place with four of his teammates closely behind him as the first day of the Mountain `T' Multis came to a close Friday afternoon inside the Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz. Grant scored 2,513 points in the first four events of the seven-event heptathlon with teammates Austin Prince (seventh), Kyle Hitchcock (eighth), Jamie Sandys (10th) and Alexander Wentz (11th) all competing in the event.

Grant, who trails overall leader Bubba Edmonds (unattached) by 411 points, opened his day running 7.49 in the 60m dash to finish ninth overall and score 716 points. Despite placing 11th among the 13 competitors in the shot put with a toss of 9.07m (29-09.25) for 430 points, Grant moved up the standings by placing second in the long jump with a 688 points on his leap of 6.46m (21-2.50) and tying for fourth in the high jump with 679 points on his clearance of 1.86m (6-1.25).

Just 29 points behind Grant is Prince, who stands seventh with 2,484 points. Prince tied for sixth in the 60m dash (7.41) and the high jump (1.80m/5-10.75) to earn 742 and 627 points, respectively, while adding 589 points in the long jump (6.01m/19-08.75) and 526 in the shot put (10.67m/35-0.25). Hitchcock is just 30 points behind Prince with 2,454 points after leading the Sun Devils with a third-place showing in the shot put and 603 points on a toss of 11.95m (39-02.50). Hitchcock scored 671 points in the 60m dash (7.63), 578 in the long jump (5.96m/19-06.75) and 602 in the high jump (1.77m/5-9.75).

Sandys and Wentz are separated by a mere 10 points with the duo standing 10th (2,384) and 11th (2,374), respectively. Sandys scored 716 points in the 60m dash (7.49), 641 in the long jump (6.25m/20-06.25), 523 in the shot put (10.62m/34-10.25) and 504 in the high jump (1.65m/5-5.00) while Wentz scored 694 points in the 60m dash (7.56), 619 in the long jump (6.15m/20-02.25), 509 in the shot put (10.39m/34-1.25) and 552 in the high jump (1.71m/5-7.25).

Another freshman, Jeremy Marcinko, is competing in the event unattached from the program and is currently in ninth place heading into the second day of competition on Saturday.

The men's heptathlon, which will include the 60m hurdles, the pole vault and the 1,000m run on day two, will conclude in Flagstaff on Saturday morning. The remaining Sun Devils in Flagstaff will compete in the Mountain `T' Invitational on Saturday afternoon.