Ashton Eaton Smashes UO Heptathlon Record with NCAA’s No. 2 All-Time Mark

SEATTLE, Wash. — NCAA decathlon champion Ashton Eaton began the 2009 season right where he left off last summer, breaking his own school record with the second-best indoor heptathlon in NCAA history, while the school record in the women’s 60 meters fell three times Saturday at the UW Indoor Invitational.

"This has been one of the more satisfying weekends I’ve had as a coach," said Associate Director of Track & Field Dan Steele. "I’m really proud of the way we performed this weekend and I’m excited about the rest of the season."

Eaton, the defending NCAA decathlon champion, won all three last day pentathlon events to tally 6,174 points, easily an NCAA Indoor Championship qualifying total. The junior from Bend, Ore., first won the 60 meter hurdles in 7.91 seconds, which matched his NCAA provisional-qualifying mark of a week ago. He then cruised victory in the pole vault with a clearance of 16-3.5. Eaton ended his day with a :02 win in the 1,000 meters, running 2:39.92. He broke his own heptathlon record of 5,859 points, set last season, by 315 points. His mark was also a record for UW’s Dempsey Indoor Facility.