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Clark 3rd After Day One in Decathlon at the Drake Relays

Two-time All-American Mat Clark sits in third place after the first day of Drake Relays decathlon competition. Clark racked up 3,982 points through the first four events and sits just 104 points behind leader Derek Gearman.

Other multi-event competitors for the Panthers today included Troy Bacon and Chris Kasel in the decathlon and Alyssa Fischer and Rachel VanderHolt in the heptathlon. Bacon sits with 3,384 points after the first five events followed by Kasel with 3,158 points. On the women's side, Fischer racked up 2,697 points followed by VanderHolt with 1,798 points.

Clark narrowly missed topping his previous career-best in the long jump, leaping 23-06.25, the third best leap in the field. In the high jump, the Ames, Iowa native matched his career personal-best in the high jump, clearing 6-07.50 to pick up another 822 points. The senior wrapped up the first day with a time of 49.03 in the 400 meter dash, the second-fastest in the field, to pick up 860 points and secure third place.

Redshirt-freshman Troy Bacon recorded season-best marks in four of the five events of day one, including a significant improvement in the long jump. Bacon's leap of 20-8.50 far surpassed his previous season-best of 16-05.

Competing in his first decathlon of the outdoor season, Kasel also topped his previous season-bests in the shot put and 400 meters to finish day one with 3,158 points.

Fischer recorded a season-best time in the 100 hurdles, finishing in 15.00 to pick up 842 points. The senior cleared 5-00.50 in the high jump followed by a toss of 32-04.75 in the shot put. Fischer wrapped up day one with a time of 27.54 in the 200 meters.

After being disqualified in the 100 hurdles, VanderHolt cleared 5-01.75 in the high jump followed with a heave of 32-08.25 in the shot put. VanderHolt finished the day with a time of 28.79 in the 200.

Decathlon competition resumes tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. followed by the heptathlon at 10 a.m.


{Courtesy: University of Northern Iowa Athletics}

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