Duke Seventh in Decathlon at SEC Championships
BY ANDRES FOCIL
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Junior Jimmy Duke started off competition for Arkansas at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships and tallied 3,391 points for seventh place in the decathlon. Duke is 274 points out of sixth place, but on Friday he will have the opportunity to compete in some of his favored events, such as the pole vault, and try to move up the standings. At last year’s meet he finished eighth with 6,532 points.
“Jimmy (Duke) will always compete hard,” Arkansas field events coach Dick Booth said. “I think he’s in position to be sixth, but he can’t mess anything up tomorrow. Today he had his best high jump and a good 100. He’ll have to go all out and I have no doubt that he’ll do just that.”
In the 100-meter dash he ran a time of 11.35 for 784 points and in the long jump he posted a season-best mark of 20-7.25 for 648 points. He threw a distance of 35-10.5 in the shot put for 580 points and his best performance of the day came in the high jump when he cleared a career-best 6-0 for 653 points. The 400 meters was the last event for the day and he finished with a time of 51.12 for 764 points, giving him a grand total of 6,532 points.
The 10,000 meters is the only other event final taking place on Friday at 8:50 p.m. and the Razorbacks hope to pick up points with senior Jason Sandfort, juniors Josphat Boit and Marc Rodrigues and freshman Shawn Forrest set to run.
Preliminary events include the 800 meters at 7 p.m., with another group of four Hogs, seniors Said Ahmed and James Hatch, junior Harun Iman and sophomore Brian Roe, aiming to advance to the finals. The exciting 200-meter dash at 7:35 p.m., will feature defending SEC champion senior Tyson Gay, sophomores Wallace Spearmon Jr., and Creighton Kiper and freshman Michael Grant. The 400-meter hurdles at 8:20 p.m., includes juniors Brad Dittoe and David Wittenmyer.
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