April 13, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- Vols Chris Martland and Chris Helwick braved tough conditions to rank second and third, respectively, after a waterlogged first day of the Scott Hartman Decathlon Wednesday at the 39th Sea Ray Relays. An omnipresent rain peppered Tennessee's Tom Black Track from the 3:30 p.m. opening gun of the decathlon 100 until the last competitor crossed the decathlon 400 finish line about 8 p.m. Eight of the original 11 decathlon starters remained as the fifth and final event of the day was entered into the books.
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Former Vol, 2003 NCAA champion and current professional decathlete Stephen Harris leads the decathlon after five events with a score of 4,064, a respectable total considering the conditions suppressed point totals.
Senior Martland, a Farragut High grad and Belmont alum using his last outdoor season of eligibility with his hometown Vols, pieced together a strong first day in his first and last home decathlon. Martland stands second after five events courtesy of accumulating 3,704 points. Martland opened the decathlon with a second-place, 11.14-second clocking in the 100 meters. Martland added a fourth-place, 22-feet, 2 ½-inch leap into a soggy long jump sand pit. He finished fifth in the shot put with a 40-3 ½ measurement. Martland bounced back with a third-place, season-best leap of 6-3 ½ in the high jump. He put the bookend on his day with a fourth-place, 51.21 time in the 400.
Sophomore Helwick stands third with 3,665 points. Helwick took ninth in the 100 with an 11.66 time. He improved to fifth in the long jump with a 21-7 ¼ leap. Helwick made his move up the leader board with second-place finishes in the third and fourth events. He took silver in the shot put with a 42-6 mark. He also finished runner-up in the high jump with an impressive 6-8 ¼ clearance, just half an inch away from his lifetime best. He completed his day with a sixth-place, 51.96 finish in the 400.
However, not all of Tennessee's news was positive. Farragut native and senior Kevin Yeager, ranked fourth entering the 400, sustained a leg injury in the last event of the day and could miss the remainder of his final home decathlon. Yeager rounded the curve after beginning the 400 when he pulled up and couldn't complete the race. Before his injury, Yeager offered up a season-best 11.18 time to finish fourth in the 100. He took second in the long jump with a 22-6 ½ mark down the sand pit. He finished seventh in the shot put with a 39-8 in the shot put and jumped an even 6-0 to tie for fifth in the high jump.
Jangy Addy is only competing in selected events by design. Addy won the shot put with a 44-11 measurement. Addy hopes to be ready to go full bore at the SEC decathlon in May.
The decathlon concludes Thursday. Friday and Saturday boast a full slate of events. A complete Sea Ray Relays schedule is available on the track page of www.utsports.com. Admission is free.