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Mercil in tenth heading into Saturday's action

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 01/25/2014 14:29:56
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MINNEAPOLIS – A handful of Jackrabbit men competed on day one of the Minnesota Jack Johnson Invite. SDSU had three athletes post top-10 finishes on the day and Bennett Mercil is currently in 10th place in the heptathlon heading into the second day of action on Saturday. 

He ended the day with a score of 2452, which puts him in 10th place with three events left on Saturday. He started the day with a time of 7.56 seconds in the 60-meter dash. In the long jump event, he collected a distance of 19 feet, 3 ¼ inches. His highest finish on the afternoon took place in the shot put. He posted a mark of 40-2 ¼ to place fifth in the event. In the final event on the day, the high jump, Mercil posted a height of 5-8 ½.

Tomorrow he will compete in the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and the 1,000-meter run.

In the unseeded shot put event, Austin Benson claimed his first title as a Jackrabbit as he won the event with his distance of 51-5 ¾. Kyle Anderson placed ninth overall in the contest with his final mark of 44-8 ¾.

Jeremiah Ary finished seventh overall in the long jump event with his distance of 22-3. Also in the long jump, Zach Koosman posted a final distance of 19-6 ¼ to place 17th.

A duo of freshmen led the Jackrabbits in the 200-meter dash. Marc Husman posted a final time of 23.00 to finish 14th overall and Bo Arnold crossed the finish line in 23.39 to place 25th. 

The Minnesota Jack Johnson Invite continues tomorrow morning with the men’s heptathlon 60-meter hurdles at 10 a.m.

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