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Janvrin Wins Again at Drake Relays

April 26, 2002

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Age might cause Kip Janvrin a few more aches and pains these days. It hasn’t, however, kept him from winning decathlons.

The 36-year-old Janvrin became the oldest decathlete to win the U.S. championship last year. On Thursday, he won the Drake Relays decathlon for the eighth straight year and 13th time overall.

As usual, he beat a field of much younger competitors and finished 632 points ahead of the runner-up.

``When I go out and train now and do some other things, playing basketball with my friends, I can’t do the things I used to when I was younger,″ Janvrin said. ``I don’t recover as quick. I can’t put the workload on top day after day like I used to.

``But for some reason, when I toe the line and compete, I’m still able to rise to a high level.″

Janvrin certainly did that at Drake, and his second day was his best. Trailing first-day leader Andy Morris of Kansas by 89 points, Janvrin won four of the last five events and finished with 7,775 points.

At the end, he was strong enough to run his final lap in the 1,500 meters, the last event, in 58.4 seconds. He also won the 110 hurdles, discus and pole vault and finished second in the javelin.

``I’m one of the few people that can really get after the 1,500 when I need to,″ Janvrin said. ``It made the Olympic team for me (in 2000). It’s a very fortunate thing to have that distance background.″

Morris finished second with 7,143 points and Cincinnati’s Chris Wineberg was third with 7,069.

Janvrin has more decathlon victories (34) than anyone in the world and has scored 8,000 points more often (26) than any U.S. athlete. His next step is defending his national title in Palo Alto, Calif., in June.

Another Olympian, Amy Rudolph, won the women’s 5,000 in Thursday’s distance carnival, and Iowa State’s Barbara Szlendakova won the heptathlon for the second straight year.

Szlendakova trailed Camee Williams of Illinois by 37 points after the first day, but won two of the three events Thursday to finish with 5,306 points.

Rudolph, a former Providence College runner who competed in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, lapped most of the field in winning the 5,000 in 15 minutes, 52.65 seconds. Missy Buttry, a freshman at Wartburg College in Iowa, was nearly a minute behind in second, finishing in 16:44.88.

``I kind of figured I’d be the leader, so I prepared that way,″ Rudolph said. ``Once I started passing people, that kind of woke me up.″

Central Methodist freshman Josphat Boit outran Jared Cordes and Daniel Kinyua to win the men’s 5,000 after they set the pace as a group most of the way. Kinyua dropped back in the final lap and Boit outkicked Cordes over the final 200 meters.

Missouri won the women’s 6,400 relay in 19:36.27 with a team of Amanda Bales, Jennifer Leerssen, Becky Froelker and Ann Marie Brooks. That same group will try to give Missouri its third straight victory in the 3,200 relay on Saturday.

Szlendakova started the final day of the decathlon by winning the long jump and ended it with a victory in the 800. Still, she was disappointed because she had hoped to score 5,500 to automatically qualify for the NCAA meet.

Central Michigan’s Maria Derezinksi finished second.

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