NCAA track: USU's Hawkins sits at 6th in heptathlon; BYU's Dalton at 9th in decathlon
Eugene, Ore. • BYU's Chase Dalton finished ninth in the decathlon at Thursday's NCAA track and field championships, and Joshua Weirich took 19th. Dalton's highest point total came in the 110m hurdles, with a time of 15.21 seconds. He finished third in both the discus throw with a mark of 44.66 meters and the javelin, with a throw of 62.46 meters.
Utah State's Chari Hawkins is sixth in the heptathlon after four events. The Aggie junior placed 12th in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.97, and was ninth in the high jump with a height of 1.72 meters. She placed 11th in the shot put with a throw of 11.86 meters, then took 10th in the 200m in 25.28 seconds. Hawkins will compete in the rest of the events the long jump, javelin throw and 800m on Friday.
Boise State junior Emma Bates won the women's 10,000 meters in 32 minutes, 32.35 seconds, the second-fastest time in the history of the meet. Bates' finish was second only to the 32:28.57 run by Sylvia Mosqueda of Cal State Los Angeles in 1988. Bates is the first women to win an NCAA outdoor title for the Broncos.
Alabama-Birmingham senor Elinor Kirk was second in the race that capped the second day of the championships at Oregon's Hayward Field.
Georgia sophomore Maicel Uibo won the decathlon with 8,182 points, and Texas' Johannes Hock was second at 8,092.
Uibo overtook Hock with a third-place finish in the final event, the 1,500. Hock finished in 12th.
Oregon's men led the team standings with 26 points, two more than Georgia.
The Ducks' men entered the meet ranked No. 1 in the nation by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Oregon has won eight straight Pac-12 titles and claimed the NCAA indoor title, but the team hasn't won an outdoor championship since 1984.
Second-ranked Florida and third-ranked Texas A&M were the co-champions last year, when the outdoor championships also were held at Hayward Field.
On the women's side, Oregon also held the lead with 19 points, ahead of a group with 10.
Texas is ranked No. 1 by the USTFCCCA, followed by Texas A&M. The third-ranked Ducks, coming off their sixth straight Pac-12 title, have not won an outdoor team title since 1985. Kansas is the defending women's champion.
Many of the events Thursday were semifinal heats with most finals scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
Kent State junior Matthias Tayala won the men's hammer with a throw of 241 feet, 4 inches, breaking his own school record in the event. The last time Kent State won in the hammer was 1973.
Defending champion Tomas Kruzliak of Virginia Tech finished fifth.
Texas A&M sophomore Shelbi Vaughan fouled her first two throws but went on to win the discus with a throw of 196-11.
Florida junior Marquis Dendy battled windy conditions to win the long jump with a leap of 26-3. He also won the event at the 2013 NCAA indoor championships.