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Junior Christian Kallenberg is second after five events in the decathlon on Day 1 of the CCAA Championships.

Challacombe Second in Heptathlon, Kallenberg Second in Decathlon on Day 1 of CCAA Championships

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LA JOLLA, Calif. — Juniors Chelsea Challacombe and Christian Kallenberg both stand in second place in the heptathlon and decathlon, respectively, after Day 1 of the 2019 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships on Thursday at Triton Track & Field Stadium.

Challacombe amassed 2850 points through the first four events of the heptathlon, highlighted by a first-place finish in the high jump after clearing 5-feet, 4.50-inches (1.64-meters). San Francisco State senior Devanique Brown currently holds first place with 3075 points, while Stanislaus State senior Petrice Beattie is third (2780) with three events remaining on Friday.

A native of Los Alamos, N.M., Challacombe also took third in the 100-meter hurdles (15.50-seconds), fourth in the shot put (35'9.50"/10.91) and eighth in the 200 (27.13).

Challacombe has already posted an NCAA provisional mark in the heptathlon this season with 4682 points at Long Beach State's Beach Invitational on April 20. She finished third overall in the event last year at the 2018 CCAA Championships with 4739 points, which ranks third all-time in program history.

The long jump kicks off the final round of the heptathlon on Friday beginning at 11 a.m., followed by the javelin and 800.

Kallenberg experienced similar success on Day 1 of the decathlon, as his 3450 points is second slightly behind Chico State junior Alex Davila (3507) and ahead of Cal Poly Pomona sophomore Gabriel Zapata (3242).

A native of Mainz, Germany, Kallenberg began the day by placing first in the 100 with a time of 11.35. After a fourth-place finish in the long jump (20'5.25"/6.23), the junior responded with the top finish in the shot put (44'8"/13.61) as well as the high jump (6'2"/1.88). 

Kallenberg wrapped up Day 1 with a sixth-place finish in the 400 after crossing the finish line in 54.25.

Decathlon action resumes on Friday at 11 a.m. with the 110 hurdles, followed by the discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500.

In addition, the finals of the men's hammer, long jump, shot put and 10,000 all take place on Friday beginning at 12 p.m., while the women's long jump, discus, javelin and 10,000 finals start at 1 p.m. All other men's and women's running events will have preliminary rounds on Friday, beginning at approximately 2:20 p.m.

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