May Comes Back to Repeat as Decathlon Champion

Spokane, Wash. — Defending decathlon champion Tyler May of Willamette won his third straight Northwest Conference title in the event by coming from behind on the final day.

May, a junior, posted the decathlon’s best marks in the first two events to jump into a lead he would never relinquish. He ran the 110 high hurdles in 15.64 and threw the discus 127’-10”. By that point he had overtaken first day leader Brandon Hazenberg of Linfield.

May finished with 6,507 points, followed by Ben Dillow (6,247) and Josh Priester (6,210) of George Fox and Hazenberg (6,144), who fell three spots to fourth place. All four athletes bettered the NCAA provisional qualifying score of 6,000. May just missed the automatic score of 6,550. The athletes are trying to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships May 27-29 at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.

Greg Gause of Puget Sound pole vaulted 14’-1.25” for the top performance in that event. Hazenberg briefly got back into contention for the decathlon championship by winning the javelin throw with a mark of 190’-6”.

But May clinched his title by finishing third in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:43.39. Hazenberg struggled to a 10th place finish in 5:17.60.

Whitworth’s Jesse Stevick shattered his own record in the event, running 4:07.40. His previous record was 4:14.20 set last year.

Ben Dillow of George Fox also had a strong second day. He moved from fourth place after day one to second place by tying May for the furthest discus throw (127-10) and scoring 3,115 points today.

May scored 10 points for Willamette toward its attempt to repeat as NWC men’s track and field champions. The NWC Championships will take place April 24-25 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. George Fox came away with 14 points. Linfield scored 11, Pacific Lutheran scored 3 and Whitworth scored 1.

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