Markus Ballengee's best-ever day one score (3,789 points) has him in 10th place in the Texas Relays decathlon competition.
After waiting out a 3-hour, 15-minute lightning delay to start the 2018 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Built By Home Depot on Wednesday, Liberty sophomore Markus Ballengee recorded his best-ever opening day of the decathlon. He currently sits in 10th place with 3,789 points, while junior Kylie Polsgrove is 19th in the heptathlon after the first day of action at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Ballengee's day was bookended by personal-best marks in the 100 (11.04) and 400 (50.05). He also threw the shot put at an outdoor personal-best 42-2, to go along with a 21-10.75 long jump and a 6-3.5 high jump. Ballengee ranks 10th among the 17-member field, just 47 points out of eighth.
Polsgrove totaled 3,046 points during Wednesday's four heptathlon disciplines, good for 19th place of 24 entrants. The North Carolina native's best marks of the day came in the first two events, including a personal-best 100 hurdles time of 14.41 and a season-best 5-5.25 high jump clearance. Polsgrove now tops the 2018 Big South list for the high jump and ranks No. 2 in the 100 hurdles.
Up Next Ballengee will be Liberty's first competitor on day two of the Texas Relays, beginning the decathlon 110 hurdles Thursday at 11 a.m. Eastern.