Schwartz & FitzSimons Jr. Win 2016 Sam Adams Combined Events Invite
Santa Barbara, Calif. – Lindsay Schwartz (USA / Santa Barbara Track Club) won the Heptathlon with 5991pts points and Thomas FitzSimons Jr. (USA / Santa Barbara Track Club) won the Decathlon with 7576pts. Four Heptathletes earned U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifiers and USC's Amali Iuel posted the 2016 NCAA leading Heptathlon score. Below, we've provided a summary of each event organized by time schedule. For the Day 1 Summary, please click here. The 5th Annual Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational is held on April 1-2, 2016 at Westmont College's Thorrington Field in Santa Barbara, CA. The event is hosted by the Santa Barbara Track Club.
Results & Heat Sheets Events Timetable, Overview & History Road to Rio Symposium - April 2 - Tickets on Sale Online & at the Door
DECATHLON - 110M HURDLES
Kicking off the final day of competition, Josue Louis (USA) put up over 900pts with a time of 14.58. Santa Barbara Track Club teammates, Thomas Hopkins (USA / Santa Barbara Track Club), Calvin Sullins (USA / Santa Barbara Track Club) and Thomas FitzSimons, Jr. (USA / Santa Barbara Track Club) took the next three spots running 14.83, 14.86 and 15.01 respectively.
Tyler Nelson (USA / UC-Santa Barbara), the leader after Day of competition ran 15.33 good for the eighth spot earning 810pts to maintain his lead through six events with 4716pts.
DECATHLON - DISCUS
In the shadows of the event's youth events, which invited young athletes from throughout Santa Barbara County, the Discus was next up for the Men. Canada's Patrick Arbour (Ottawa TC) took the Discus title with a throw of 47.05m (154'04.25") and earned 809pts. Followed closely behind was Santa Barbara Track Club's Derek Masterson who went for 46.41m (152'03.00") and 796pts. The scores would catapult them from 6th and 7th respectively in the overall competition to 2nd (5350pts) and 3rd place (5246pts).
Guest athlete Ashton Eaton (USA / NIKE Oregon Track Club) competed in his second event of the competition with a throw of 42.60m (139'09.00"), the third farthest throw of the morning.
Nelson would continue to lead the Decathlon with 5365pts.
HEPTATHLON - LONG JUMP
The women would begin their afternoon in the Long Jump, which saw Santa Barbara Track Club's Lindsay Lettow (USA) set a life-time best leap of 6.15m (20'02.00") earning 896pts. Lettow would move up to 5th place in the competition. Amalie Iuel (Norway / USC) and Chari Hawkins (USA / Santa Barbara Track Club) would tie for 2nd and 862pts with jumps of 6.04m (19'09.75").
Hawkins' performance would push her into the lead with 4458pts ahead of Nia Ali (USA) with 4407pts. Ali, the recent IAAF World Champion at 60m Hurdles in Portland, OR is competing in her first Heptathlon since 2009 during her collegiate career for the USC Trojans.
DECATHLON - POLE VAULT
FitzSimons Jr. would set a personal best of 4.80m (15'08.75") to lead the competition and move into second place overall with 6090pts. Arbour would finish second with a vault of 4.50m (14'09.00") catapulting him to first in the Decathlon with 6110pts. Derek Masterson (USA / Santa Barbara Track Club) would also vault 4.50m (14'09.00") to move up to third on the overall leader board with 6006pts.
HEPTATHLON - JAVELIN
2015 U.S. Heptathlon Champion, Barbara Nwaba (USA / Santa Barbara Track Club), led the field with a huge 13 foot personal best, tossing the javelin 50.40m (165'04.25"). Tiffeny Parker (USA / Texas Express Track Club) would take the second spot with a throw of 45.52m (149'04.00") followed by Santa Barbara Track Club's Annette Fleming (GER) who had a mark of 44.85m (147'01.75").
Hawkins would continue to lead the field with 5063pts, but by a small margin with teammates Lettow and Schwartz scoring 5062 and 5054 points respectively through six events.
HEPTATHLON - 800m
With less than 40 points separating the top four athletes heading into the 800m, the final event of the competition would prove to be an exciting one. The Heptathletes also had their eyes on the U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying mark of 5900pts. With the Youth Challenge finishing up, hundreds of fans stayed to cheer on the Heptathletes.
Leading from wire-to-wire, USC's Iuel would cross the line in 2:08.41, just ahead of Kiani Profit's (USA / Chula Vista Track Club) 2:08.77. Iuel's mark would set almost a 200pt person best propelling her to 5th place with 5799pts, a mark that currently leads all NCAA Division athletes. Profit would finish in 4th place overall with 5977pts, over the U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying mark.
Just behind the top two in the 800m, Schwartz would finish 3rd with a personal best of 2:11.93, not only earning her 937pts, but catapulting her to the 2016 Sam Adams Combined Events Invite title, which she also won in 2014. Teammates Lettow and Hawkins would finish 4th and 5th respectively with times of 2:12.66 and 2:15.01. Lettow finished 2nd overall with 5988pts and Hawkins 4th with 5956pts, both also qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
DECATHLON - JAVELIN
The ninth event of the Decathlon saw Toshiki Sakamoto (JPN / Kanoya Sport University) launch a big personal best of 68.01m (223'01.50") to out distance the field by over twenty-five feet and over 100pts. His mark would put him in third place heading into the final event of the two-day competition with 6738pts.
Arbour would finish second in the Javelin with a throw of 59.53m (195'03.50") putting him in first place overall with 6841pts. Masterson would round out the top three tossing the Javelin 59.37m (194'09.25") and moving him into fourth overall with 6734pts. FitzSimons Jr. would move into the second position overall with 6789pts.
DECATHLON - 1500M DASH
Heading into the final event of the Decathlon on a picture perfect late afternoon at Westmont College in the Santa Barbara foothills only 107pts separated the top four athletes. FitzSimons Jr. came into the event with one of the best 1500m marks and needing a big win to defend his Sam Adams Combined Events Invite title. He would not disappoint the crowd who passed on the NCAA Final Four to watch him post a 4:23.58 1500m win, earning him 787pts and 7576pts for the overall title.
Arbour would fend off Masterson for runner-up in the overall competition, posting 543pts with his 5:02.90 and netting him 7384pts for the Decathlon. Masterson's 4:46.07 and 643pts moved him into third place overall with 7377pts.
The Sam Adams Week of Events concludes tomorrow, Sunday, April 3 with the Road to Rio Symposium featuring Ashton Eaton (Decathlon World Record Holder & 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist), Brianne Theisen-Eaton (2016 World Indoor Pentathlon Champion), Jeff Farrell (2x Olympic Gold Medalist at 1960 Olympics, Swimming) and Barbara Nwaba (2015 U.S. Heptathlon Champion). Tickets are available online and at the door with the VIP reception beginning at 3:30pm.