Oregon’s Ashton Eaton Claims Collegiate Record in the Heptathlon

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

January 31, 2010   

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Oregon senior Ashton Eaton completed a new collegiate record in the men’s heptathlon Saturday, scoring 6,256 points over the past two days in winning his competition at the Texas A&M Conference Challenge in College Station, Texas. Eaton tops the past record of 6,208 set by Texas’ Trey Hardee in 2006.

Official Report

Eaton, a finalist for The Bowerman in 2009, set personal bests in the 60 meters (6.78), the shot put (12.56m, 41-2 1/4), the 60-meter hurdles (7.86), and the 1000-meter run (2:38.02) on the way to topping his previous best heptathlon score of 6,174 set last year.

Flotrack Interview with Eaton following the event

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Eaton Quotes (courtesy: Texas A&M sports information)

On approaching the record:
“Yesterday I was feeling good and I was on pace, but I didn’t let myself worry about it, because there are so many things that can go wrong in a multi. However, I didn’t really know I had a chance until after the pole vault.”

On approaching the final event, the 1000 meters:
“They told me the time I needed in the last race, and I knew then that I had this.”

On the facility at Texas A&M:
I really like this facility. This track is really fast and really helped with my 60 and hurdles times.

New All-Time Collegiate List (courtesy: Track & Field News)

1. 6256 Ashton Eaton (Or) 1/30/10
2. 6208(A) Trey Hardee (Tx) 1/27/06
3. 6174 (OT) Ashton Eaton (Or) 1/31/09
4. 6136 Donovan Kilmartin (Tx) 3/13/04
5. 6035 Maurice Smith’ (Aub) 2/26/05
6. 5951 Gonzalo Barroilhet’ (FlSt) 3/15/08
7. 5917 Chris Helwick (Tn) 3/11/06
8. 5909 Jake Arnold (Az) 3/10/07
9. 5906 Raven Cepeda (NnIa) 2/02/08
10. 5891 Chad Smith (Tn) 2/11/96