Texas ex Trey Hardee once again won the national title in the decathlon at the USATF Championships in Sacramento, Calif. on Friday. He scored 8,225 points, edging out Zach Ziemek by just 70 points. It’s Hardee’s fourth time winning the title.
Hardee held a 134-point lead over Devon Williams of Georgia heading into the final event, the 1,500 meters. The former Longhorn managed to hold off Williams and Ziemek despite finishing the race last. Williams finished just ahead of Hardee and Ziemek overtook Williams for second overall with a 10th-place finish in the race.
Hardee opened the day with a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles and then won the discus throw. He crossed the finish line in 13.97, 0.36 seconds behind Williams in the hurdles. Hardee’s throw of 157 feet, 7 inches held up for the win in the next event.
His second-place finish in the pole vault gave him the lead and he held on through the next event, the javelin, with a fourth-place finish. Hardee’s mark of 16-3/4 in the pole vault was sandwiched between his closest competitors. Ziemek won the event while Williams took third.
Hardee will next turn his attention to the IAAF World Championships, where he’ll attempt to take his third world title.
Steele Wasik, current Big 12 decathlon champion and a junior at Texas, finished in eighth place with 7,667 points. His best finish on the second day of competition was third in the high jump. He cleared the bar at 6-6.
Another representative of the Longhorns track program who qualified for the World Championships is Senoj-Jay Givans. Givans, competing at the Jamaican National Championships in Kingston, took bronze in the 100 meters with a time of 10.05. It’s his first time qualifying for the Jamaican National Team.
In the USATF Junior Championships, George Patrick held onto his lead in the decathlon and qualified for the Pan American Junior Championships with 7,547 points. He took two wins on the day, the javelin and the 110-meter hurdles.
Current Longhorn, Byron Robinson qualified first in the first round of the 400-meter hurdles at the USATF Championships. His time of 48.91 put him at the top of the qualifiers.
Former Longhorn, Courtney Okolo, qualified eighth in the 400-meter semifinals. She clocked a time of 51.42 for the last spot in the final. Zola Golden, a sophomore at Texas, failed to qualify with a time of 52.54.
Chrisann Gordon, also competing at the Jamaican National Championships, qualified for the 400-meter final with a time of 51.15.
Morolake Akinosun took fourth place in the 100 final with a time of 11.12. She was 0.02 seconds shy of qualifying for her first world championship team as an individual. Akinosun qualified for the final earlier in the day with a third-best time of 11.17. Her final time makes her eligible for the 400 relay pool for Team USA at the World Championships.
Ashley Spencer, a Texas ex, qualified ninth with a time of 56.06 in the 400 hurdles.
Kendra Chambers was unable to qualify for the 800 final with a time of 2:02.74.
Tripp Piperi, a future Longhorn, will join Patrick at the Junior Championships as he finished with a silver medal in the shot put. His throw of 68-3 was good enough to send him to Lima, Peru as a member of Team USA.
Elena Bruckner, who also competed at the Junior Championships, took sixth in the shot put. Ashley Miller, a sprinter for Texas, took sixth in the final of the 100-meter hurdles.
Serenity Douglas, a freshman at Texas, finished 11th in the 400 at the Junior Championships.
For those in the Central time zone, the second day of the USATF Championships technically started Friday with the men’s 10,000 meters as it was run after midnight Thursday. Former Longhorn Ryan Dohner took 16th place in the final with a time of 29:44.40.
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