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Williams repeats as U.S. junior decathlon champion

 

Stanford's Harrison Williams repeated as the U.S. junior decathlon champion, but came up short in his effort to break the junior national record at the U.S. Junior National Track and Field Championships on Friday in Eugene, Ore.

Williams needed to run 4:30.16 -- within one second of his personal best in the 1,500 meters, the final event -- to break the record in the 10-event two-day competition. And he needed to do so in 96-degree heat at Hayward Field.

However, the 19-and-under record remained out of reach. Williams ran 4:32.85 to finish with 8,001 points, just 17 short of Gunnar Nixon's 8,018 from 2012.

The meet record of 8,016 by Nixon's Arkansas teammate, Kevin Lazas, also remains. However, Williams strengthened his hold as the No. 3 performer on the all-time U.S. junior list and moved up from No. 7 to No. 3 on the all-time U.S. performance list, from the 7,760 he scored at this meet last year to set a national high school record.

Williams, who was fourth at the NCAA Championships and second in the Pac-12 as a freshman this season, led wire to wire. He placed among the top three in every event and won by 561 points. Williams won five events – the 100, 400, 110 high hurdles, pole vault, and 1,500 – and set a personal record in the long jump.

The second day included Williams' top two scores -- 967 for running 14.06 in the 110 high hurdles (39 inches) and 926 for clearing 16-6 3/4 in the pole vault. His javelin distance of 168-1 was his lowest score, at 607, but was a season best by four feet. Williams' total exceeds his school record of 7,806 points, but some events used junior rather than collegiate standards.

The top two finishers qualify for the Pan Am Junior Championships in Edmonton, July 31-Aug. 2, giving Williams one more chance to break Nixon's record.

In the junior women's hammer, Stanford freshman Lena Giger went 185-6 on her final throw, but fell just two inches short of winner Haley Showalter of Southern Illinois.

Giger trailed by nearly eight feet after four rounds, but moved into third on her fifth throw (182-6) and made a strong bid for the title on her sixth.

Giger followed with a ninth-place finish in the shot put, with a toss of 47-6 ¼.

In the junior men's shot put, Stanford freshman Tristen Newman was eighth at 62-6 ½ on the 12-pound shot.

In the women's senior national shot put, Stanford grad Jill Camarena-Williams was fourth with a mark of 61-4 3/4.

— David Kiefer/Stanford Athletics

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