Decathlon update: Hardee leads NCAA decathlon after seven events
SACRAMENTO -- Junior Trey Hardee (Birmingham, Ala.) used his third consecutive personal best to take the lead in the decathlon at the NCAA Championships after seven events. His score of 5,746 points is 64 better than LSU's Alleyne Lett. Sophomore Donovan Kilmartin (Eagle, Idaho) is currently in fifth place with 5,557 points.
After running a personal best in the 400 meters (48.33) at the end of the first day, Hardee started second-day action with a PR in the 110-meter hurdles, blazing past the field in 14.09 to score 963 points. He moved on to the discus where he notched a throw of 158-7, bettering his old personal best by over 10 feet, to score 836 points and take the overall lead.
Kilmartin finished the first day in third place after setting a collegiate-best of 24-6.50 in the long jump and winning the high jump. He started the second day by finishing fifth in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.67 to add 890 points. He also set a personal best in the discus with a throw of 137-6 to score 703 points. At 5,557 points, Kilmartin is 31 points behind Dartmouth's Mustafa Abdur-Rahim for fourth place, 54 points behind Montana's Andrew Levin, 125 points behind LSU's Lett and 189 points behind Hardee, but with the eighth event being the pole vault, Kilmartin has a chance to make up ground as he is the leading pole vaulter in the field.