Kilmartin third in decathlon after first day of NCAA Track and Field Championships
SACRAMENTO -- Sophomore Donovan Kilmartin (Eagle, Idaho) sits in third place in the decathlon with 3,964 points after the first day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships, while junior Trey Hardee (Birmingham, Ala.) finished the day in fourth place, just 17 points behind Kilmartin.
Kilmartin took first place in the decathlon's long jump and high jump, while Hardee took the 100 and 400 meters. Kilmartin notched a collegiate best in the long jump with a leap of 24-6.50 and then was the only competitor to clear 6-9 in the high jump. His point total of 3,964 points is 59 points behind the first-day leader Andrew Levin of Montana and 27 points behind second-place Will Thomas of Connecticut.
Hardee got off to a strong start taking the 100 meters in 10.86. He went on to post a personal-best 48.33 in the 400 meters and sits in fourth place with 3,947 points, just 17 points behind Kilmartin.
The Longhorn men competed in three other events, but were unable to advance to the finals. Junior Quincy Boles (Harker Heights, Texas) ran an 11.19 in the prelims of the 100 meters and then joined juniors Michael Huff (Irving, Texas) and Ronald Hill (Walnut, Calif.) and freshman De'Shun Bayne (Fort Worth, Texas) to post a 39.94 in the 4x100-meter relay. Junior Brian Robison (Splendora, Texas) finished the shot put with a mark of 58-3.
The second day of competition at the NCAA Championships will begin with the decathlon's 110-meter hurdles at 1:15 p.m. (Central)
Decathlon (After Five Events)
100 Meters (Decathlon)
Long Jump (Decathlon)
Shot Put (Decathlon)
High Jump (Decathlon)
400 Meters (Decathlon)