Helwick Posts Career-Best Decathlon Score at Sea Ray Relays

April 14, 2005


KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- Tennessee decathletes Chris Helwick and Chris Martland found the home environs at Tom Black Track to their liking Thursday as they finished second and third, respectively, in the Scott Hartman Decathlon at the 39th Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. The conditions improved dramatically, as Thursday beamed every bit as sunny as Wednesday dripped wet.

Sea Ray Relays

"I like the way our guys survived the first day and actually did well in a few events," head coach Bill Webb said. "I think the cold and rain (Wednesday) caused some fatigue (Thursday), and it certainly didn't help any events the first day. I think we lost 100-150 points just based on the weather. However, I have no complaints about (Thursday). We have three and a half weeks until the SEC decathlon. We'll get everybody in there."

Former Vol and 2003 NCAA champion Stephen Harris won the Scott Hartman Decathlon with 7,618 points. The score ranks sixth in the world this year.

Helwick earned silver after accumulating a lifetime-best score of 7,341. Helwick's score stands as the sixth best by a collegian in 2005 and registers as a NCAA provisional qualifier.

"I'm really pleased with how everything went but the pole vault," Helwick said. "The pole vault was so subpar for me. If that one piece was there it could have changed things. Physically, I did pretty well. I'm about 99 percent healthy. There's no pain now, but the injuries (from the indoor season) just took away a lot of training time."

Helwick won three of the final five events to bolster his score. Helwick won the discus with a 135-feet measurement, a lifetime best. He also racked up a decathlon PR and neared his overall javelin PR with a solid 200-9 winner in the ninth event. Helwick wrapped up the 10th event with a come-from-behind win in the 1,500, breaking the tape in 4 minutes, 37.66 seconds. A fine pole vaulter for a decathlete, Helwick did leave some points in the skies with a 14-7 ¼ clearance. Even so, he still finished second and matched his outdoor season-best vault. Helwick opened his day with a season-best time of 15.49 to secure sixth place in the 110 hurdles.

Martland's third-place score of 6,755 falls 94 points off his season best and 103 points short of his lifetime best.

"It wasn't a good score, but some good things happened," Martland said. "My discus and pole vault need a lot of work. I can also run better in the 1,500. It will come together at SECs. Overall, I feel like I'm in pretty good shape. The next three and a half weeks we'll focus on improving some things for SECs."

Martland authored his Thursday highlight in the javelin after finishing second with a lifetime-best throw of 182-0. His seventh-place, 15.71 time in the 110 hurdles to open the day stands as a career best. Martland also placed seventh in the pole vault with a season-best leap of 12-7 ½. The Farragut grad took sixth in the discus with a 104-5 distance. He wrapped up his decathlon with a seventh-place, 5:03.77 time in the 1,500.

Senior Kevin Yeager pulled out of the second day of the decathlon after sustaining a leg injury in Wednesday's final event. He is expected to recover in time for the SEC decathlon. Tennessee will also likely enter Jangy Addy in the SEC decathlon.

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.

Scott Hartman Decathlon
1. Stephen Harris, Unatt. 7,618 ##
2. Chris Helwick, Tenn. 7,341 #, PR
3. Chris Martland, Tenn. 6,755
Decathlon 110 hurdles
1. Stephen Harris, Unatt. 14.49
6. Chris Helwick, Tenn. 15.49 SB
7. Chris Martland, Tenn. 15.71 PR
Decathlon discus
1. Chris Helwick, Tenn. 135-0 PR
6. Chris Martland, Tenn. 104-5
Decathlon pole vault
1. Ryan Lewis, Unatt. 16-2 ¾
2. Chris Helwick, Tenn. 14-7 ¼ SB
7. Chris Martland, Tenn. 12-7 ½ SB
Decathlon javelin
1. Chris Helwick, Tenn. 200-9
2. Chris Martland, Tenn. 182-0 PR
Decathlon 1,500
1. Chris Helwick, Tenn. 4:37.66
7. Chris Martland, Tenn. 5:03.77
SB-season-best mark, PR-personal record/career-best mark, ##-NCAA automatic qualifier, #-NCAA provisional qualifier.





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