Crowder Eighth in the Decathlon at SEC Outdoor
BY ANDRES FOCIL
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After a three and a half hour weather delay due to tornado warnings and lightening the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships finally got under way at Tom Black Track in Knoxville, Tenn.
Junior Tom Crowder started the meet off for the Razorbacks in the decathlon and is in eighth place with 3,757 points after five events.
“He’s doing alright for his first ever decathlon,” Arkansas field events coach Dick Booth said. “If he could get over 7,000 points and score in an SEC Championship that would be a great accomplishment. His points are very important to us at this meet.”
In the second heat of the 100-meter dash he ran a time of 11.09 to earn 841 points. In the long jump Crowder posted a season-best 23-0.00 for 816 points. That performance moved him up from seventh to sixth place.
Crowder then went on to post another season-best mark in the shot put for 637 points with a throw of 41-00.5. After the shot put he moved up once more to fifth. With his career-best 6-1.25 clearance in the high jump he gained 696 points.
The 400-meter dash ended the evening as Crowder registered a time of 50.68 for 784 points, putting him in eighth place.
The rest of the decathlon will continue tomorrow, starting with the 110-meter hurdles at 4 p.m. Prelims for the 200 and 800-meter runs and the 400-meter hurdles and the finals of the 10,000 meters will also take place Friday.
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