• Ayden Owens Breaks NCAA Decathlon Record with World-Leading 8,528 Points

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On Thursday, Ayden Owens from Arkansas broke the collegiate record with a world-leading score of 8,528 points to win the decathlon at the 2022 Mt. SAC Relays.

"I just came here to execute," said Owens. "I listen to Coach Geopfert, and I put up a good ten events and focused on the process. The result was great, 8,500 points. I feel blessed to be in this situation.

"It's a big score, but there is a lot more to come. If you look at my decathlon here, there are some good, some mediocre, and some bad ones. That's how a decathlon goes. Once we clean that up throughout the season and tune things up, it will be crazy come June and July."

The previous NCAA record of 8,484 points belonged to Georgia's Karel Tilga in April of 2021. Owens also bettered his own Puerto Rican national record, outperforming his last best score of 8,238 from last year at the Big 10 Championships while competing for Michigan.

"I'm super proud of him," said Arkansas associate head coach Travis Geopfert. "The way he's handling the decathlon, managing each event, has just been phenomenal. With swirling winds today, particularly in the pole vault, he did a fantastic job managing all of that.

"He showed his guts again to go out there for a record in the 1,500m. In the conversation beforehand, I told him what he needed to do to break 8,500. He said I don't want to hear that. Tell me what I need to run. He's a phenomenal athlete, a great person, and I'm super happy for him."

Before the final event, Owen's total score of 7,669 already ranked him No. 6 on the University of Arkansas' all-time list among the top 10. He completed the decathlon with a decisive victory in the 1,500m with a PB of 4:13.17. Owens shattered the Arkansas school record, smashing the previous score of 8,097 set in 2021 by Markus Ballengee.

University of Iowa sophomore Austin West shattered the decathlon school record and set the fourth-best point total (8,179) in the world. West broke former Hawkeye Will Daniels’ school-record mark of 7,864 points. He set personal bests in seven of the ten decathlon events over the past two days. West is now the No. 24 all-time performer in the decathlon in NCAA history. 

Hakim McMorris from California was third with 7941 points.

Men's Decathlon Results

PlaceAthletePoints100LJSPHJ400110HDTPVJT1500
1

Ayden Owens

Arkansas

8528

10.27

#1

1030 [1030]

+1.2 m/s

7.51m

24' 7¾"

#1

937 [1967]

+1.7 m/s

14.89m

48' 10¼"

#3

783 [2750]

 

1.92m

6' 3½"

#8

731 [3481]

 

46.12

#1

1002 [4483]

 

13.80

#1

1000 [5483]

-0.3 m/s

43.00m

141' 1"

#4

726 [6209]

 

4.70m

15' 5"

#3

819 [7028]

 

53.50m

175' 6"

#9

641 [7669]

 

4:13.17

#1

859 [8528]

 

2

Austin West

Iowa

8179

-349

10.65

#3

940 [940]

+1.2 m/s

7.45m

24' 5½"

#3

922 [1862]

 

14.11m

46' 3½"

#6

735 [2597]

 

1.95m

6' 4¾"

#5

758 [3355]

 

46.41

#3

988 [4343]

 

14.48

#8

913 [5256]

+2.1 m/s

42.63m

139' 10"

#5

718 [5974]

 

4.30m

14' 1¼"

#12

702 [6676]

 

60.39m

198' 1"

#3

744 [7420]

 

4:27.86

#4

759 [8179]

 

3

Hakim McMorris

California

7941

-587

10.42

#2

994 [994]

+1.2 m/s

7.50m

24' 7¼"

#2

935 [1929]

+1.7 m/s

14.19m

46' 6¾"

#5

740 [2669]

 

1.98m

6' 6"

#3

785 [3454]

 

46.36

#2

990 [4444]

 

14.00

#2

975 [5419]

+0.8 m/s

29.73m

97' 6"

#14

459 [5878]

 

4.50m

14' 9"

#7

760 [6638]

 

49.29m

161' 8"

#11

578 [7216]

 

4:33.05

#5

725 [7941]

 

4

Daniel Spejcher

Arkansas

7881

-647

10.88

#5

888 [888]

+1.2 m/s

7.09m

23' 3¼"

#4

835 [1723]

+0.0 m/s

15.13m

49' 7¾"

#1

798 [2521]

 

1.89m

6' 2¼"

#10

705 [3226]

 

49.52

#7

837 [4063]

 

14.38

#7

926 [4989]

+0.8 m/s

43.48m

142' 8"

#2

736 [5725]

 

4.90m

16' 0¾"

#1

880 [6605]

 

55.23m

181' 2"

#5

666 [7271]

 

4:51.36

#10

610 [7881]

 

5

JJ Ply

Abilene Christian

7857

-671

11.17

#12

823 [823]

+1.9 m/s

7.01m

23' 0"

#8

816 [1639]

+1.7 m/s

12.17m

39' 11¼"

#14

617 [2256]

 

2.13m

6' 11¾"

#1

925 [3181]

 

50.11

#9

810 [3991]

 

14.29

#5

937 [4928]

-0.3 m/s

39.85m

130' 9"

#8

662 [5590]

 

4.60m

15' 1"

#5

790 [6380]

 

57.24m

187' 9"

#4

696 [7076]

 

4:24.45

#2

781 [7857]

 

6

Dylan Cooper

Athletic Lab TC

7803

-725

11.27

#14

801 [801]

+1.9 m/s

6.96m

22' 10"

#9

804 [1605]

+2.3 m/s

14.80m

48' 6¾"

#4

777 [2382]

 

1.95m

6' 4¾"

#5

758 [3140]

 

51.22

#13

759 [3899]

 

14.49

#9

912 [4811]

+2.1 m/s

43.16m

141' 7"

#3

729 [5540]

 

4.50m

14' 9"

#7

760 [6300]

 

63.10m

207' 0"

#1

785 [7085]

 

4:34.09

#6

718 [7803]

 

7

Lucas Van Klaveren

UT-Arlington

7760

-768

10.94

#7

874 [874]

+1.9 m/s

7.02m

23' 0½"

#6

818 [1692]

+1.7 m/s

13.78m

45' 2½"

#7

715 [2407]

 

1.89m

6' 2¼"

#10

705 [3112]

 

47.10

#4

953 [4065]

 

14.33

#6

932 [4997]

+0.8 m/s

38.49m

126' 3"

#9

634 [5631]

 

4.60m

15' 1"

#5

790 [6421]

 

54.08m

177' 5"

#8

649 [7070]

 

4:38.39

#7

690 [7760]

 

8

Oliver Thorner

Washington

7602

-926

10.99

#8

863 [863]

+1.9 m/s

6.69m

21' 11½"

#11

741 [1604]

+0.5 m/s

12.95m

42' 6"

#9

664 [2268]

 

1.92m

6' 3½"

#8

731 [2999]

 

49.08

#6

858 [3857]

 

15.24

#12

821 [4678]

-1.1 m/s

40.07m

131' 5"

#7

666 [5344]

 

4.70m

15' 5"

#3

819 [6163]

 

54.85m

179' 11"

#6

661 [6824]

 

4:24.92

#3

778 [7602]

 

9

Denim Rogers

Texas Tech

7414

-1114

10.76

#4

915 [915]

+1.2 m/s

6.58m

21' 7¼"

#12

716 [1631]

+2.3 m/s

12.75m

41' 10"

#12

652 [2283]

 

1.98m

6' 6"

#3

785 [3068]

 

48.46

#5

887 [3955]

 

14.23

#4

945 [4900]

-0.3 m/s

38.17m

125' 2"

#10

627 [5527]

 

4.50m

14' 9"

#7

760 [6287]

 

49.19m

161' 4"

#12

577 [6864]

 

5:01.72

#12

550 [7414]

 

10

Noah Swaby

Arkansas

7317

-1211

11.23

#13

810 [810]

+1.9 m/s

6.22m

20' 5"

#14

635 [1445]

+2.5 m/s

14.96m

49' 1"

#2

787 [2232]

 

1.77m

5' 9¾"

#13

602 [2834]

 

51.17

#12

761 [3595]

 

15.66

#14

772 [4367]

+2.1 m/s

46.80m

153' 6"

#1

804 [5171]

 

4.30m

14' 1¼"

#12

702 [5873]

 

61.51m

201' 9"

#2

761 [6634]

 

4:39.53

#8

683 [7317]

 

11

Jami Schlueter

Washington

7139

-1389

11.11

#11

836 [836]

+1.9 m/s

6.83m

22' 5"

#10

774 [1610]

+1.0 m/s

12.90m

42' 4"

#11

661 [2271]

 

1.86m

6' 1¼"

#12

679 [2950]

 

51.91

#14

729 [3679]

 

14.85

#10

868 [4547]

+0.8 m/s

36.36m

119' 3"

#12

591 [5138]

 

4.40m

14' 5¼"

#11

731 [5869]

 

49.96m

163' 11"

#10

588 [6457]

 

4:39.72

#9

682 [7139]

 

12

Taylor Cudequest

Unattached

6808

-1720

10.93

#6

876 [876]

+1.2 m/s

6.54m

21' 5½"

#13

707 [1583]

+1.4 m/s

12.95m

42' 6"

#9

664 [2247]

 

1.71m

5' 7¼"

#14

552 [2799]

 

49.83

#8

822 [3621]

 

15.49

#13

791 [4412]

-1.1 m/s

36.00m

118' 1"

#13

584 [4996]

 

4.20m

13' 9¼"

#14

673 [5669]

 

48.01m

157' 6"

#13

559 [6228]

 

4:56.53

#11

580 [6808]

 

 

Jack Flood

Unattached

 

11.07

#10

845 [845]

+1.2 m/s

7.04m

23' 1¼"

#5

823 [1668]

+1.1 m/s

13.76m

45' 1¾"

#8

714 [2382]

 

2.07m

6' 9½"

#2

868 [3250]

 

50.60

#10

787 [4037]

 

14.12

#3

959 [4996]

-0.3 m/s

41.38m

135' 9"

#6

693 [5689]

 

4.50m

14' 9"

#7

760 [6449]

 

54.85m

179' 11"

#6

661 [7110]

 

 
 

Gabriel Maille

Unattached

           
 

Joseph Keys

Marquette

           
 

Gary Haasbroek

Texas Tech

 

11.03

#9

854 [854]

+1.2 m/s

7.02m

23' 0½"

#6

818 [1672]

+2.3 m/s

12.62m

41' 5"

#13

644 [2316]

 

1.95m

6' 4¾"

#5

758 [3074]

 

50.62

#11

786 [3860]

 

15.02

#11

847 [4707]

-1.1 m/s

36.93m

121' 2"

#11

602 [5309]

 

4.90m

16' 0¾"

#1

880 [6189]

 

23.18m

76' 0"

#14

204 [6393]

 

 

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