Former Vol Ends Season with Strong Finish

Former Vol Chris Helwick finished second in the decathlon this weekend at the Internationale Meerkamp Woerden 2007 in Woerdon, Netherlands.

Helwick, one of only two Americans in the competition, scored 7,602 points during the two-day event to finish just out of the top spot in a field that included 44 athletes from 14 different countries.

Helwick began the competition by running to an 11.47 clocking in the 100. He then long jumped 22-1 3/4 before earning a mark of 43-8 in the shot put. Helwick, a Greeley, Colo., native, cleared 6-4 in the high jump and ended the first day with a time of 50.24 in the 400.

The seven-time All-America started day two with a time of 15.63 in the 110 hurdles after tripping over one of the hurdles. Helwick recovered and went on to throw the discus 131-1 and clear 15-5 in the pole vault. After throwing the javelin 212-2, he finished the competition with a personal-best clocking of 4:22.82 in the 1,500.

Helwick owns Tennessee???s school record in the heptathlon with his score of 5,917 points in 2006. He also holds the Sea Ray Relays record for a decathlon javelin throw after recording a mark of 213-8 while winning his second straight Scott Hartman Decathlon earlier this year. Helwick ended his UT career this summer at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, where he placed sixth.





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