Stanford recruit leads Jr. Men's decathlon at track nationals

Young stars made strong impressions in the junior multi-events during the opening day of USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium on the campus of Sacramento State University Wednesday.

Incoming Stanford freshman Harrison Williams (Memphis, Tenn.) led junior men in the decathlon as he finished the first five events with 4,126 points and a 14-point edge.

Williams was third in the opening event, setting a personal record with his time of 10.819 (wind-aided) in the 100 meters. He gained momentum in long jump, earning his way to second place with a wind-aided leap of 22-11 1/4.

However, he finished below the top five in shot put before regaining confidence it the high jump with a clearance of 6-6 1/4 for second place. That gave him 794 points before he took his third runner-up spot of the day, finishing the 400 in 48.11 to beat his best by more than one second.

"It give me a lot of momentum because I'm a good second-day guy," Williams said of his first-day score. "I can pole vault pretty high. I am good at the hurdles, so it give me a lot of momentum and confidence going in."

While Williams is sitting on the lead heading into Thursday's final day, winning isn't necessarily the goal.

"I was basically just trying to get top-two since that's what I am trying to do this meet because that gets you to World Juniors," Williams said. "Coming into the meet, I knew there was going to be good competition."

The meet runs through Sunday and will be televised live on Friday (NBCSN, 7 p.m.), Saturday (NBC, 1 p.m.) and Sunday (NBC, 1 p.m.).

The senior meet includes a handful of current and former Stanford athletes like Chris Derrick, Kori Carter, Aisling Cuff and Claudia Saunders.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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