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Texas Decathlete Sets NCAA Record

April 7, 2006

AUSTIN (AP) _ Texas’ Trey Hardee broke the NCAA decathlon record Thursday in the Texas Relays, finishing with 8,465 points after winning four of five events for the second consecutive day.

Hardee broke the mark of 8,463 set by Tennessee’s Tom Pappas in 1999. Hardee’s total also is the eighth-best by a U.S. decathlete, 170 behind seventh-place Bruce Jenner.

``All the pain, all the times you come out here sweating, throwing up after practice, cooling down, the ice tubs, it’s worth it,″ Hardee said. ``It feels good to do it here at home, at Texas.″

Hardee initially fell short of the record by one point.

He entered the 1,500 meters needing to finish in 5 minutes, 6.56 seconds, but clocked in at 5:06.73, giving him 8,462 points for the competition.

However, Texas Relays official John Chaplin reviewed the photo finishes of each of the 10 events, which he said is routine when a competitor finishes within five points of the record. After the review, officials changed Hardee’s 10.36-second finish in the 100 on Wednesday to 10.35, adding three points to his total. Hardee’s time in the 100 was an NCAA decathlon record.

``Whether it’s the Olympic Games or whatever, you’re going to go through these processes to make sure he broke the record,″ Texas coach Bubba Thornton said.

The Texas senior, who injured his right ankle at the NCAA indoor championships last month, appeared visibly fatigued during the last two laps of the 1,500 and fell to his knees just a few feet beyond the finish line. He even admitted to blacking out during the final 300 meters, possibly a result of the nearly 90-degree heat.

``That was one of the hardest races I’ve ever run,″ Hardee said. ``My whole left side took a beating because of my ankle.″

Hardee began the day with a 13.83-second finish in the 110 hurdles. He followed that with a discus toss of 158 feet, 3 inches, a pole vault of 17-0 3/4 and a javelin throw of 196-10.

Overshadowed by Hardee’s effort was fellow Longhorn Donovan Kilmartin, who recorded a career-best 7,897 points, 168 ahead of his previous best. Edwin Billot of LSU rounded out the top three at 7,468.

Washington State’s Julie Pickler won the heptathlon with 5,734 points, while twin sister Diana finished third with 5,579. Ryanne Dupree, competing unattached, finished second with 5,606.

The Texas women led the 3,200-meter relay wire-to-wire and finished in 8:45.68. Oral Roberts caught defending champion Southern California on the anchor leg of the men’s race to win in 7:17.02.

Faithy Kamangila of Oral Roberts won the women’s 5,000 in 17:22.22, and Tonny Okello of South Alabama took the men’s race in 14:22.89.

Virginia Tech dominated the hammer throw with wins in the men’s and women’s events. Kristen Callan threw 206-6, and Spyridon Jullien took the men’s competition at 238-3.

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