Cook turns up heat as decathlon begins at Flora Hill track 

WODONGA’S Ben Cook turned up the heat in last night’s start to the men’s decathlon at Athletics Bendigo’s multi-event championships.

After five events had been run, Cook led the title chase on 3351 points as he won all five events.

Cook’s run began with a time of 11.57 in the 100m and was followed by competition bests of 6.36m at long jump, 11.29m in shot put, 1.91m at high jump, and 53.48 in the 400m.

The titles will be decided this afternoon at La Trobe University Bendigo athletics complex in Retreat Road, Flora Hill. First events are at 1.30pm.

The AB multi-event titles have also drawn several athletes from Richmond Harriers.

Day one included four events in the seven-discipline heptathlon.

Scores after day one in Athletics Bendigo’s multi-event championships:

Men’s decathlon, open: 3351 Ben Cook (Wodonga), 2798 Josh Pickthall (South Bendigo), 2396 Jack Dooley (SB), 1930 Brendan Dell (Richmond Harriers).

Men’s 40-plus decathlon:

1420 Tony Dell (Richmond Harriers).

Men’s 50-plus decathlon:

869 Greg Simpson (Wodonga).

Men’s 70-plus decathlon:

868 Don Chambers (Wodonga).

Under-20 men decathlon:

3067 Louis Schenker (Bendigo Harriers), 1783 Liam Dell (Richmond Harriers).

Women’s heptathlon, open:

932 Felicity Trew (South Bendigo).

Under-18 girls heptathlon:

2630 Carlie Whitford (Eaglehawk), 2092 Laura Collins (Wodonga).

Under-16 boys heptathlon:

2120 Connor Cudmore (Bendigo Harriers), 1860 Josh Powell (Bendigo Harriers), 1809 Joseph Pickthall (South Bendigo), 1739 Mitchell O’Neill (Wodonga).

Under-16 girls heptathlon:

1308 Brandy Galvin (Wodonga). 

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