Holzmueller breaks school decathlon record

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Little Rock Athletics
Tyler Morrison, Associate Director of Communications

SAN MARCOS, Texas – The 2018 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships continued on Saturday as Little Rock’s Max Holzmueller highlighted the day by breaking the school record in the men’s decathlon.

Holzmueller entered Saturday in eighth place with 3,489 points after five of the 10 decathlon events — 2,486 points shy of the school record. He began the day by placing eighth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.71 and then took 10th in the discus throw with a mark of 30.47 meters. Holzmueller shined in the pole vault as he finished second with a mark of 4.50 meters — the second-best mark in program history. After finishing 12th in the javelin throw, Holzmueller ended the decathlon by finishing first in the 1500 with a time of 4:40.98. The 1500 win was more than enough to break the school record as he finished with 6,515 points and took seventh-place overall.

Holzmueller’s record-breaking feat came exactly 11 years ago to the day when former Trojan Darren Caradine set the previous school record with 5,975 points.

In other action, Jalen Black set a personal record in the 400 prelim with a time of 48.52. The time was good enough 11th and was the ninth-fastest in program history. Ch’kilas Calhoun took 15th in 49.41 seconds.

Noah Smith just missed the cut for the 800-meter final as he finished ninth with a personal record of 1:54.315 — just .04 seconds off the eighth-fastest time. Imad Amenzou was 15th in 1:56.02, and Hunter Tucker was 20th in a personal-record time of 1:57.78. Garrett Rokas placed 22nd with a time of 2:01.96, and Jarred O’Connor finished 24th with a personal record of 2:04.85.

Charles Okeze tied for 13th in the 100-meter prelim with a time of 10.488 seconds. Keshawn Andrews finished 16th in 10.58 seconds to claim the ninth-fastest time in program history. Also claiming a top-10 spot in program history was Travion Clark as he finished 19th in 10.598 seconds. Jaelon Gossett was 24th in 10.76 seconds, and Emmanuel Olie was 27th with a personal record of 10.83 seconds.

Overall, Little Rock is currently tied for ninth place with two points after two days of competition.

The Trojans will conclude the Sun Belt Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. Live coverage on ESPN3 is set to begin at 5 p.m. (CT).

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