Chris Helwick     
      Chris Helwick

Greeley, Colo.

High School:
Greeley Central

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 200



Five-time All-America


Career Bests
Decathlon 7,780
Heptathlon (indoor) 5,917

Decathlon event PRs
100 11.24
Long jump 24-5 3/4 (7.46)
Shot put 46-3 1/4 (14.10)
High jump 6-10 1/4 (2.09)
400 49.22
110 hurdles 15.02
Discus 152-9 (46.55)
Pole vault 17-0 3/4 (5.20)
Javelin 213-7 (65.10)
1,500 4:29.45
First day PR 3,977
Second day PR 3,933

Tennessee all-time top-10 list
Heptathlon, 1st, 5,917, 2006
Decathlon, 8th, 7,780, 2005
Javelin, 9th, 213-7, 2006

SEC Results-Indoor
2004-Heptathlon 5,525 (3rd)
2004-High jump 6-4 3/4 (13th-t)
2005-Heptathlon 5,609 (2nd)
2006-Heptathlon 4,881 (6th)
2006-Pole vault 16-8 3/4 (3rd)

NCAA Results-Indoor
2004-Heptathlon 5,386 (9th)
2005-Heptathlon 5,421 (8th)
2006-Heptathlon 5,917 (2nd)

SEC Results-Outdoor
2004-Decathlon 7,290 (2nd)
2004-Javelin 198-6 (6th)
2004-High jump No height
2005-Decathlon 7,780 (1st)
2005-Javelin 204-7 (4th)
2006-Decathlon 7,765 (1st)
2006-Pole vault 16-6 3/4 (1st)
2006-Javelin 211-5 (3rd)
2006-High jump 6-8 1/4 (6th-tie)

NCAA Regional Results-Outdoor
2006-Pole vault 16-1 1/4 (7th-tie)
2006-Javelin 189-11 (13th)

NCAA Results-Outdoor
2005-Decathlon 7,569 (5th)
2006-Decathlon 7,772 (2nd)


Major- Economics.

2007- Elected team captain with Jangy Addy and Tyler DeVault.

2006-Outdoor- Earned his fifth All-America certificate with a second-place finish in the decathlon at the NCAA outdoor championships (June 7-8) ... Earned second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America ... Named to U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team ... Earned a place on the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Won the Ironman Award, along with Rubin Williams, at team banquet ... Was honored with the Captain's Award for serving as co-captain with Jim Sexton at team banquet ... Won the Commissioner's Trophy as the SEC outdoor championship meet's highest scorer, totaling 28.5 points ... Helwick's 28.5 points was the most points scored by a Vol at an SEC championship meet since Justin Gatlin scored 30.5 at the 2002 SEC indoor championships ... Helwick's decathlon score of 7,772 at the NCAA championships ranked 10th in the U.S. (professional or collegiate) and ranked fifth among collegians for 2006 ... Scored 3,933 points on the second day at the NCAA outdoor championships, a lifetime best ... Extended his personal record in the javelin with a throw of 213-7, moving up to ninth on Tennessee's all-time javelin list and second for a throw during a decathlon ... Scored 7,765 points in the decathlon to defend his conference title in the event at the SEC outdoor championships (May 11-12) ... Became the first Vol since Chad Smith in 1995-96 to win back-to-back conference titles in the decathlon ... Lowered his personal-best time in the 100 (11.24) and the 110 hurdles (15.02) during the SEC decathlon ... Cleared a personal-best height of 16-6 3/4 to win the pole vault at the SEC outdoor championships (May 14) ... Also placed third in the javelin with what was, at the time, a personal-best throw of 211-5 and tied for sixth in the high jump with a lifetime-best clearance of 6-10 3/4 (May 14) ... Won the decathlon at the Sea Ray Relays with a wind-aided score of 7,707w (April 12-13) ... Broke the Sea Ray Relays decathlon javelin record with his toss of 208-8, bettering the record of 205-5 from 1996 shared by Penn State's James Cook and Kent State's Collin Kinsley ... Helwick opened his outdoor season with a busy day of competition at the Disney World Invitational (March 25) ... Placed fourth in the javelin (195-5), fifth in the pole vault (15-1), 11th in the prelims of the 110 hurdles (15.12), 12th in the discus (141-9) and ran the anchor leg on the Vols' seventh-place 4x400 relay team ... Recorded a 21-11 measurement in the long jump to place sixth, and also finished ninth in the discus with a throw of 152-9 at the Yellow Jacket Invitational (April 1) ... Finished second in the 110 hurdles (15.54) and pole vault (15-9) and placed third in the shot put (41-8 1/2) at the Knoxville Invitational (April 30) ... Tied for seventh in the pole vault with a clearance of 16-1 1/4 and placed 13th in the javelin with a throw of 189-11 in front of the home crowd at the NCAA Mideast Regional (May 26-27).

2006-Indoor- Earned his fourth All-America certificate and broke the Tennessee school record of 5,891 (set by Chad Smith in 1991) in the heptathlon with his 5,917 points and second-place finish at the NCAA indoor championships ... Broke personal records in the long jump (24-5 3/4) and the pole vault (17-0 3/4) on his way to the school record ... Helwick's pole vault mark was the third time he had broken his personal record in the event during the season ... Scored 5,644 points in this first hepathlon of the season to finish second at the Clemson Heptathlon Championships (Jan. 27-28) ... Finished sixth in the heptathlon with 4,881 points at the SEC indoor championships (Feb. 24-25) ... No-heighted in the pole vault during the heptathlon, but continued to compete to earn points towards the Vols' second-place team finish ... Rebounded to take third in the pole vault competition, jumping to a then-personal-best height of 16-8 3/4 at the SEC indoor championships (Feb. 26) ... Broke his personal-record pole vault mark for the first time during the season by clearing 16-6 3/4 on his way to a third-place finish at the New Balance Invitational (Feb. 4) ... Finished fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 16-0 3/4 at the Kentucky Invitational (Jan. 14) ... Leaped 23-6 to place seventh in the long jump at the Virginia Tech Invitational (Feb. 18) ... Finished ninth in the shot put with a mark of 44-11 3/4 at the Hoosier Open (Jan. 7) ... Stopped the clock at 2:09.39 in the 800 to finish eighth at the Hoosier Open.

2005-Outdoor- Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Won the Volunteer Award (toughest competitor) at team banquet ... Made impressive strides as a decathlete in 2005, including winning the SEC title, taking fifth at the NCAA championships and adding 490 points to push his career-best score to 7,780, eighth on Tennessee's all-time list in the event ... Authored his best meet at the SEC outdoor championships, where Helwick took the SEC decathlon title, posting a score of 7,780, first-day score of 3,977 and second-day score of 3,803--all lifetime bests (May 12-13) ... At the SEC meet, Helwick trailed by a massive 324 points entering the pole vault, the eighth of the 10 decathlon events, before charging to the win in the last three events ... His SEC score of 7,780 ranked as the third best by a 2005 collegian and eighth best by any American in 2005 ... Also contributed his lifetime-best fling in the javelin at the SEC meet, nabbing fourth with a 204-7 measurement (May 15) ... Finished as the Vols' leading scorer with 15 points at the SEC meet ... Secured All-America honors in the decathlon after finishing fifth with 7,569 points at the NCAA championships ... Moved from seventh place to fifth in the last event, the dreaded 1,500, of the decathlon at the NCAA championships ... Captured silver at the Sea Ray Relays decathlon after summing 7,341 points on the Vols' home track ... Contested four events in the Arizona Invitational decathlon to open the outdoor season ... Finished second in the javelin at the Gatorade Classic after launching the spear 203-9.

2005-Indoor- Not unlike outdoor season, Helwick also answered the call at the SEC indoor heptathlon ... Finished second in the heptathlon with a lifetime-best score of 5,609, ranking third on Tennessee's all-time list in the event (Feb. 25-26) ... Hampered by a knee injury and mired in fourth after the 60 hurdles, the fifth of the seven heptathlon events, Helwick added a foot (16-4 3/4) to his previous PR in the pole vault to rocket to second overall at the SEC indoors ... Earned All-America acclaim in the heptathlon after finishing eighth with 5,421 points at the NCAA indoor championships ... Participated in the Penn State National Meet heptathlon but only competed in four events.

2004-Outdoor- Won Most Valuable Freshman (field) Award at team banquet ... Built on an impressive start in the indoor heptathlon to build belief that he's capable of adding to Tennessee's great decathlon tradition ... Posted his season-best score of 7,290 to earn silver honors in a rare, weather-marred three-day decathlon at the SEC outdoor championships (May 15) ... Score of 7,290 led Tennessee's four-decathlete contingent and surpassed NCAA provisional standard, which ended up just missing the cutoff for NCAA entry by a mere two points ... Also entered the SEC outdoor javelin (sixth, 198-6) and high jump (no height) in attempts to move the scoreboard for the Vols ... Completed his first collegiate decathlon by accumulating 7,276 points, an NCAA provisional qualifier, to earn bronze at the Sea Ray Relays decathlon ... Launched his season-best javelin throw of 199-4 at the Sea Ray Relays decathlon (April 8) ... Won USA junior decathlon championship, using junior implements, at Texas A&M with a score of 7,358 points to earn his berth to the world junior meet ... Finished eighth at the IAAF world junior decathlon championship with 7,176 points, using junior implements, to lead the Americans against a field of the best 19-and under decathletes on the globe ... Cleared 15-5, a lifetime-best, to take 10th in the pole vault at the Knoxville Invitational (April 25) ... Left the decathlon discipline to triple jump 42-3 1/2 to earn fourth at the Gatorade Classic.

2004-Indoor- Set Tennessee freshman indoor heptathlon record with a 5,525 score, an NCAA automatic qualifier, in the SEC indoor championships (Feb. 28) ... Notched career bests in five of the seven events to take third at the SEC indoor heptathlon, including a season-best 6-8 leap in the high jump ... Third-place finish at the SEC meet led a quartet of Tennessee multieventers ... Attempted to scrap for extra points at the SEC indoor meet by entering the high jump but finished tied for 13th after jumping 6-4 3/4 ... Secured heptathlon All-America honors at his first NCAA indoor meet by finishing ninth overall and among the top eight Americans ... Finished ninth with 5,386 points at the NCAA indoor heptathlon, including PRs in his final two events to claw from 12th to ninth on the second day ... Posted his season-best pole vault clearance of 15-1 in the NCAA heptathlon (March 13) ... Took third with 5,210 points in his first collegiate multievent at the Clemson heptathlon ... The 5,210 score at Clemson led Tennessee's four heptathletes and met the NCAA indoor provisional standard.


Finished second in the 2003 USA junior decathlon with 6,967 points ... Won the Colorado state championships in the high jump and pole vault ... Owns career-best marks of 7,216 in the high school decathlon, 6-9 1/4 in the high jump, 14-6 in the pole vault and 14.61 in the 110 hurdles.



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