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Home arrow Opinion arrow Haynie leading NAIA decathlon battle

Haynie leading NAIA decathlon battle

Moore fifth in heptathlon after first day of competition for title

MARION, Ind. — Strong efforts by Brooke Randall, Robbie Haynie, and Kimmy Moore highlighted the first day of action at the NAIA Outdoor Track 7 Field Championships here Thursday for EOU competitors.

Randall, who entered the day’s competition as the fourth seed, matched that placing by finishing fourth in the javelin with a toss of 145 feet 10 inches and earning all-American honors. 

Randall was third after her flight, with a toss of 144-4, but fell to fourth in the finals. Stephanie Nelson of Baker University won the event with a throw of 149-6.

“She did what she needed to do to get into the finals and then stepped up to the plate in the finals,” remarked Mountaineers throws coach Dirk Bortz. “It was an impressive performance for her first trip to nationals.”

Jamie Murchison finished 12th in the javelin with a toss of 129-0.

Haynie leads the decathlon after the first day with a score of 3924. He leads Adam Thompkins of Westmont by 308 points. 

Haynie started the day off slowly running 11.61 into a strong headwind in the 100 meters. He followed that up with a personal best leap of 23-6.75 to win the long jump. 

He then produced his second best shot put of the season with a toss of 40-4.75. Moving to one of his strongest events, Haynie cleared 6-11 to take the high jump and a commanding lead in the event. Haynie closed out day one with his second personal best of the day in the 400 running 50.19.

“I was really impressed at how he was able to keep his composure after the delays in the 100 meters, and be able to come back with a personal best in the long jump,” said EOU head coach Ben Welch. “It showed just what kind of athlete he is.”

Moore closed out day one of the heptathlon on fifth place with a score of 2630. She trails event leader Breanna Leslie of Azusa Pacific who scored 3238.

Moore opened her day running 16.37 in the 100 hurdles and then jumped a season best 4-11.75 in the high jump. She followed that with a toss of 31-11.5 in the shot put. 

Moore closed out the first day by running a personal best in the 200 of 25.92. That time moved her from eighth place into fifth after the four events.

 “Her 200 was a terrific way to end the day after her tough start to the day in the hurdles,” remarked Welch.

Kody Coxen and Isaac Updike both advanced to the Saturday’s final of the 3000 meter steeplechase. Coxen finished third in his heat with a time of 9:28.11 earning an automatic qualifier to the final. Updike had to wait out the results of the second heat but advanced on time after running 9:38.50 in the first heat.

Trevor Barrett had his third best toss of the season in the javelin, 185-5, but failed to advance to the finals. In the hammer qualifying Barrett toss the ball and chain 158-0 also failing to advance to the final.

The evening was rounded out with the 12th place finish of Brian Bragg in the 10,000 meters, 33:59.78.

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