Colorado sophomore Isaiah Oliver broke three 10-year-old school records in the decathlon Wednesday and currently sits in first place at the California Invitational in Azusa, Calif.
Oliver, a defensive back on CU’s football team, broke the 100-meters, long jump and 400-meter decathlon school records which dated back to 1997.
Oliver, who has 4,044 points, started the day with a third-place finish in the 100 meters, finishing in 10.84 seconds. Just as he did in the indoor season Oliver, broke yet another school record as he clinched the CU decathlon 100-meter school record. This record was previously owned by Jordan Hudgens, who ran his time of 10.87 in May of 1997. 23-7.25.
In the final event of the day, Oliver clocked an impressive 47.58 in the 400 meters to break another one of Hudgens’ decathlon records from 1997. In the shot put Oliver tossed a 12.23/40-1 ½ -foot mark to tie for seventh and add 620 points to go along with a sixth place finish in the high jump at 6-4/1.93.
Teammate Andrew Ghizzone is also competing in the ‘A’ section of the decathlon and is in 13th place with 3,530 points after the first day of competition. Ghizzone had a very solid start to his day placing 15th in the 100 meters with a 11.51 time. This time is only .02 off his personal best time. Ghizzone also had a very good long jump landing a PR mark of 6.89/22-7.25 to finish tied for sixth and earn 788 points. In the final event of the day, Ghizzone clocked a 50.04 to round out his first day of competition.
In the women’s heptathlon, Maja Wichhart-Donzo put together four strong events and currently sits in fourth overall with 3,132 points in a very competitive field. Her 200 meters moved her up four spots as she clocked a 24.55 to finish second and earn 929 points. This gives her the fifth fastest 200 meter heptathlon time in CU history and second fastest performer behind Heather Sterlin who competing in 1996-97.