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Thomas Places Second at NCAA Decathlon

SACRAMENTO, CA (June 12) - Will Thomas (Wakefield, RI) of the University of Connecticut men’s track and field team placed second in the decathlon at the NCAA Track & Field Championships hosted by California State University, Sacramento from June 11-14.

Thomas tied for first place in the pole vault, clearing a height of 5.00 meters (16-4.75), a team-best in the 2003 season, to earn 910 points. He also captured fifth in the discus throw with a distance of 42.12 meters (138-2.00). He threw the javelin a season-best 54.09 meters (177-5.00) and also recorded a season-best in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:36.56. Thomas earned his second place finish and second All-America title with a career-high 7894 points over the two-day competition.

Joe Mendel (Wayne, NJ) placed 13th in the preliminary round of the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.11 seconds to advance to the semifinal round on Friday.

High jumper Mike Deibler (Monroe, NY) qualified for the finals on Saturday, clearing a height of 2.14 meters (7-0.25). Deibler tied for 10th place as nine competitors cleared a top height of 2.18 meters (7-1.25).

UConn Performances Listed Below:

Will Thomas 7894 pts. Day One: 100 meter dash: 11.39; long jump: 6.92 (22-8.50); shot put: 15.45 (50-8.25); high jump: 2.05 (6-8.75); 400 meter dash: 48.99. Day Two: 110 meter hurdles: 15.20; discus throw: 42.12 (138-2.00); pole vault: 5.00 (16-4.75); javelin: 54.09 (177-5.00); 1500 meter run: 4:36.56.

400 Meter First Round
13. Joe Mendel, 46.11

High Jump Qualifying Round
10. Mike Deibler, 2.14 (7-0.25)