Sentman in 3rd place after first day of Decathlon at the NAIA National Meet
. MARION, Ind. — Oregon Tech senior Bryant Sentman was in third place Thursday after the first five events of the decathlon at the NAIA national track and field championships.
Sentman finished the opening day of the two-day, 10-event competition with 3,534.Rob Keeney of Nebraska’s Doane College, who had the highest qualifying mark for the national championships, was second after the first five events with 3,550 points.
The first-day leader was Eastern Oregon junior Rob Haynie held the first-day lead with 3,637 points. Rounding out the top five after Thursday’s events were Adam Thompkins of Westmont College at 3,434, and Logan Pettz of William Jewell at 3,418.
Sentman was second in the shot put and high jump, while Keeney won the long jump and was third in the 100-meter dash. Thompkins won the 100, Haynie the high jump and Northwest University’s Jason Waltman the shot put.
Today, when the decathlon continues starting at 7:30 a.m. PDT, athletes will compete in the 110 high hurdles, discus, javelin, pole vault and 1,500. The javelin and pole vault are two of Sentman’s best events.
A year ago, when Sentman placed second behind Reid Gustafson of the University of British Columbia, the OIT senior had 3,537 first-day points and trailed by more than 400 points. He finished the decathlon with a school record 6,993 points.
Sentman first set the school record a year ago at the Mount Hood MultiEvents Championships at 6,598 points. He won the Mt. Hood meet this year at 6,864 points and hopes to make the same kind of improvements this year as he did a year ago.
Also on Thursday,Junior Brian Keebler placed 13th in the men’s javelin throw at 176 feet, four inches. He was about 20 feet short of placing in the event won by Westmont’s Andrew Kolodinski at 220-8.
OIT senior Emilee Nehring, who narrowly missed placing a year, had a disappointing day Thursday. She went 17 feet in the long jump, well below her consistent efforts the last month of the season. She placed 21st.
In the women’s 4x800 relay, Katie Waugh, Statia Smith, Jessica Bath and Amanda McMillan were 17th in the preliminaries in nine minutes, 31.33 seconds and did not advance.
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