Hardee leading decathlon at Texas Relays despite long layoff
April 2, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Trey Hardee hasn't competed in the decathlon since 2006, but that didn't stop him from taking the lead Wednesday at the Texas Relays.
Hardee, a former Texas standout, leads with 4,212 points after running the 400-meter dash in 47.76 seconds. Hardee set the NCAA record in the decathlon during the 2006 Texas Relays, but was forced to sit out his last season at Texas because of wrist surgery and a nagging groin injury.
Washington State's Rickey Moody was the top current college athlete in the field with a score of 4,156.
"Everything I did today was the first time that I've done it this season," Hardee said. "I'm just now coming to terms with the fact that I'm no longer back where I was in 2006."
A Pickler sister is again in front in the heptathlon after four events. Julie Pickler, a Washington State graduate who won the event at the Texas Relays in 2006, is in the lead. Her sister Diana, who won the event in 2005 and 2007, is sitting out this year because of a hamstring injury.
Mississippi State's Pad Judd won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 9:08.22.
South Alabama's Clarisse Moh won the women's 800-meter dash in a time of 2:08.20 and Texas-El Paso's Aggrey Chirchir took the men's race in 1:50.54.
Louisiana Tech runner Corey Denstel won the men's 1,500-meters in a time of 3:52.12. Houston's Oumama Hallal won the women's race in a time of 4:36.76.
Abilene Christian distance runner Winrose Karunde won the 5,000-meter race in a time of 17:04.30. Southeast Louisiana's Henry Rop won the men's 5,000-meters in 14:13.39.