NCAA Men’s Decathlon — A Memorable 3-Way

Overall winner Ayden Owens-Delerme produced the fastest collegiate deca 400 ever, 46.10. (ERROL ANDERSON/THE SPORTING IMAGE)

THIS 10-EVENTER was one for the recordbooks. The two most recent setters of the Collegiate Record — both Pennsylvania natives born on the same day (May 28, 2000) — met for the first time in a decathlon since the ’18 World Juniors.

Kyle Garland of Georgia scintillated a month ago at the USATF Championships, PRing by more than 500 points at 8720. That mark broke the CR of 8528 by Ayden Owens-Delerme of Arkansas at April’s Mt. SAC Relays.

100: AOD (10.41) had the fastest time, while Garland tied his PR at 10.63 and Leo Neugebauer of Texas registered a lifetime best of 10.87.

Long Jump: Neugebauer was the farthest at 24-11¼ (7.60), but Garland (24-7¾/7.51) and Owens (23-11/7.29) led the 2-event totals at 1882 and 1879. An unfortunate casualty was Georgia’s Johannes Erm, the ’19 winner, who didn’t start the event.

Shot: Neugebauer was again the best, with a PR of 52-6 (16.00). Garland reached 50-4½ (15.35), Owens-Delerme a PR 49-6¼ (15.09). Neugebauer had the lead at 2701 over Garland (2693) and Owens-Delerme (2674).

High Jump: Neugebauer (=PR 6-9½/2.07) maintained the lead with 3569, just ahead of Garland (3561) with Owens-Delerme (3487) still close. AOD cleared an outdoor PR of 6-7 (2.01), while Garland scaled 6-9½ (2.07).

400: Owens-Delerme regained the lead with a PR 46.10, fastest-ever by a collegian in a dec. Garland was just 0.04 seconds off his PR at 48.60. Owens-Delerme now led the way with 4490 points, while Garland (4441) and Neugebauer (4435) were close behind.

110H: Garland (13.87) outdueled Owens-Delerme (13.93) with the two fastest times as the Razorback’s lead was now 42. Neugebauer ran 14.67, close to his PR of 14.59, and remained in 3rd.

Discus: Many throwers had difficulties, but AOD wasn’t one of them. He raised his PR twice, ultimately to 151-9 (46.25) and continued to lead with 6267 points after 7 events. Neugebauer had the best effort, 166-7 (50.77) and moved into 2nd 56 points behind. Garland reached only 137-9 (42.00) slipping to 3rd, 130 points out of the lead.

Vault: Neugebauer moved back into the lead as he and Garland both cleared 15-9¼ (4.81). Owens managed 14-9½ (4.51) and held 2nd, 33 points behind while Garland was now another 41 back.

Javelin: Owens-Delerme regained the lead with a PR of 183-11 (56.07) to raise his score to 7709. Neugebauer also PRed at 174-3/53.12 and was just 11 points back at 7698, while Garland remained in third at 7665 after a throw of 183-4/55.88.

1500: Owens-Delerme seemed a lock to win the title, owning the fastest PR in the field at 4:13.17. He didn’t need to run anywhere close to that and settled for a 4:29.54 to close out his MR-tying score of 8457, joining Ashton Eaton of Oregon from ’10.

Neugebauer owned a 33-point lead over Garland coming in. Garland would have to beat the Longhorn by nearly 5 seconds to overtake him, but Neugebauer didn’t let that happen as he maintained close contact. Garland ran 4:41.96 and Neugebauer 4:42.68, PRs for both, as Neugebauer (8362) finished 29 up on Garland (8333).


MEN’S DECATHLON RESULTS

(June 08–09)

1. *Ayden Owens-Delerme’ (Ar-PR) 8457 =MR (x, =8 C)

(10.41, 23-11/7.29, 49-6¼/15.09, 6-7/2.01, 46.10 DCR [4490], 13.93, 151-9/46.25, 14-9½/4.51, 183-11/56.07, 4:29.54 [3967]);

2. **Leo Neugebauer’ (Tx-Ger) 8362 PR (8, x C; 4, 5 NCAA)

(10.87, 24-11¼/7.60, 52-6/16.00, 6-9½/2.07, 48.91 [4435],14.67, 166-7/50.77, 15-9¼/4.81, 174-3/53.12, 4:42.68 [3927]);

3. **Kyle Garland (Ga) 8333 (8, 9 NCAA)

(10.63, 24-7¾/7.51, 50-4½/15.35, 6-9½/2.07, 48.60 [4441],13.87, 137-9/42.00, 15-9¼/4.81, 183-4/55.88, 4:41.96 [3892]);

4. Lucas Van Klaveren’ (UTA-Neth) 8015 PR

(11.10, 23-8/7.21, 44-7½/13.60, 6-4¾/1.95, 46.77 [4134],14.38, 124-1/37.82, 15-9¼/4.81, 188-8/57.50, 4:24.22 [3881]);

5. **Austin West (Ia) 7886

(10.83, 23-11¾/7.31, 46-3¼/14.10, 6-2¼/1.89, 46.90 [4189],14.91, 140-2/42.72, 13-9¾/4.21, 194-2/59.18, 4:34.48 [3697]);

6. Asani Hylton’ (SFA-Jam) 7748 PR

(10.92, 23-1¾/7.05w, 42-¾/12.82, 6-10¾/2.10, 49.91 [4075],14.54, 107-10/32.87, 14-9½/4.51, 193-4/58.92, 4:27.48 [3673]);

7. *Daniel Spejcher (Ar) 7744

(11.09, 22-10¾/6.98, 48-2¾/14.70, 6-0/1.83, 49.53 [3910],14.38, 137-1Ú2.05, 15-9¼/4.81, 190-7/58.08, 4:46.33 [3834]);

8. JJ Ply (ACU) 7739

(11.17, 23-1¾/7.05, 37-6½/11.44, 6-7/2.01, 49.92 [3852],14.39, 137-4/41.87, 15-5½/4.71, 181-2/55.23, 4:26.03 [3887]);

9. Isaiah Martin (Pur) 7708; 10. **Yariel Soto’ (Tn-PR) 7668; 11. *Dallin Vorkink (BYU) 7592; 12. ***Emil Uhlin’ (KsSt-Swe) 7546; 13. **Heath Baldwin (MiSt) 7538; 14. *Josh Farmer (UCI) 7519; 15. **Oliver Thorner’ (Wa-GB) 7473; 16. *Kristo Simulask’ (Ok-Est) 7457; 17. *Trpimir Široki’ (AMCC-Cro) 7431; 18. ***Alexander Jung’ (Ks-Ger) 7341; 19. *Hakim McMorris (Cal) 6958; 20. **Ryan Talbot (MiSt) 6863;… dnf—*Max Vollmer’ (Or-Ger), Alex Spyridonidis’ (Aub-Gre) 2352, Johannes Erm’ (Ga-Est);… dnc—Felix Wolter’ (Pitt-Ger). ◻︎

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