He Did It Again! Lindon Victor Betters Collegiate Decathlon Record
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Prior to the start of the 2017 outdoor track & field season, the collegiate decathlon record had been broken a total of three times in the previous 31 years.
If Lindon Victor keeps going at his current pace, he’ll match that number in four weeks at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
That’s because whenever Victor competes in the decathlon, the collegiate record falls as his feet.
Victor broke Trey Hardee’s 11-year-old standard back in March at the Texas Relays and one-upped himself Friday at the 2017 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Texas A&M senior totaled 8539 points at the Sheila and Morris Cregger Track Complex to better his own personal best of 8472.
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To say Victor had an incredible second day would be an understatement. It was historic.
Victor amassed 4174 points on Friday to break the previous all-time high of 4145 set by Arizona’s Jake Arnold in 2007.
There was reason to doubt that Victor would challenge his own record after a lackluster first day that saw him put up 4365 points, a far cry from the Day 1 total of 4516 at the Texas Relays.
Victor put all of those doubters to rest when he PR’d in both the 110 hurdles (14.45) and discus throw (55.22m/181-2) to close the gap.
Then he swung ahead with a clutch performance in the pole vault, an area in which he struggled at the Texas Relays. Victor cleared 4.60m (15-1) and 4.70m (15-5) on his third and final attempts at each height to surge ahead of his record pace (7081 compared to 7008).
A heave of 68.97m (226-3) in the javelin throw left him on the precipice of history. All Victor had to do was run a time of 5:07.45 in the 1500 to break his old record by one point (8473).
Victor split 54.59 for the first 300 meters, 2:14.35 at 700 meters, 3:40.02 at 1100 meters and crossed the finish line in 4:55.91 to give him 584 points and a total of 8539 for the decathlon.