Full Day 1 Results

NACOGDOCHES – Sam Houston State jumped out to a strong start as the women’s heptathlon and men’s decathlon opened action at the three-day 2017 Carl Knight Invitational on Thursday at Stephen F. Austin’s Fletcher Garner Track.

Baylee Lara secured a top-two finisher in three of the four heptathlon events. The freshman captured 990 points and the top spot in the 100-meter hurdles, besting eight other competitors with a time of 13.92, in the first event of the day.

Lara finished second and as the top Southland Conference competitor in the high jump, the second event of the heptathlon, at 5 feet, 4 ½ inches. The mark was her best thus far during the outdoor season.

After finishing seventh in the shot put, Lara capped the day with a first-place result in the 200-meter dash during her first time running the collegiate event. With a mark of 24.74, she finished nearly 1 ½ second ahead of the second-place competitor and secured 911 points.

Kagan Angers followed suit in the decathlon, capturing first place in the 100-meter dash with a personal-record 10.91, crossing the finish line .02 seconds ahead of Rice’s Colton Torrance. The junior continued momentum into the long jump, securing the top-spot at 22 feet, 4 ½ inches.

Angers added a fifth-place finisher in the shot put, tacking on 553 points, with a toss of 36 feet 5 ½ inches before taking ninth in the high jump at 5 feet, 9 ¾ inches. He notched his third top-three finish to close out the day in the 400-meter dash, posting a time of 51.56.

The decathlon resumes on Friday at 9:30 a.m., beginning with the 110-meter hurdles while the heptathlon starts at noon in the long jump. Individual field events get underway Friday with the javelin, pole vault, shot put and long jump starting at 4:00 p.m.

QUOTEABLES
Assistant coach Cutter Bernhard on the results from Baylee Lara

“She started day one, we were strong where we need to. We had a PR in the shot put and ended the day running a lifetime PR. We are pumped about the way she finished Day 1. She sets herself up to lead the conference if she does what she needs to on day two.”

Assistant coach Cutter Bernhard on the results from Kagan Angers
“His day one was fantastic. We got into it looking to see what we think they can score. He outperformed performed with what we thought he could. He put up some lifetime PRs.”

Assistant coach Cutter Bernhard on the second day of competition…
“The second day is all about seeing how well we recovered after day one. The biggest thing is to compete and have fun. The multis is definitely a family affair. We have everybody cheering everyone on.”