Schmidt stands 7th after first day of NAIA decathlon
MARION, Ind. - Despite tweaking a hamstring, Lewis-Clark State College freshman Kale Schmidt stands seventh overall in the decathlon after the first day of the NAIA Track and Field Championships at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Schmidt, who also is on the LCSC basketball team, scored 3,422 points in Thursday's first five events and will need a quick recovery for Friday's final five events.
Also on Thursday, LCSC's John Murray, the only freshman to qualify in the men's hammer throw, finished 19th overall, while Pauric McLaughlin was 21st in the 800 meters qualifying heats. All three LCSC male competitors on Thursday are freshmen.
The only Warrior women competing on Thursday was Kayla Stewart in the javelin. she finished 21st overall.
Despite the start of the decathlon being delayed by more than 30 minutes because of an electronic timing issue, Schmidt finished eighth in the 100 meters in 11.91 seconds to begin the decathlon, which features 10 running, throwing and jumping events. He then shined in the long jump with a school-record leap of 23-feet, 1.75-inches, but he also tweaked his hamstring during one of the jumps.
He then finished 13th in the shot put at 36-0.25 and with his hamstring clearly bothering him, he cleared his only attempt in the high jump at 5-10 to finish 10th.
Schmidt then saved the best for last. He elected not to use a starting block in the 400 meters in order not to put a lot of stress on the hamstring and yet still won his heat in 50.93 seconds. That placed him fourth overall in the 400.
Schmidt, who is from Stanwood, Wash., is just one point out of sixth place. Eastern Oregon's Robbie Haynie leads the competition with 3,924 points.
Murray, who is from Athol, Idaho and attended Coeur d'Alene High, had a solid day with a school-record toss of 168-07 (51.39m). That topped the previous record set by Murray earlier this season. Murray hit the mark on his first throw but was unable to top it.
McLaughlin wound up 21st overall among the four heats in the 800 and missed by 3 spots of advancing to the semifinals. Only the top 18 went on to Friday's semis. McLaughlin, who is from Letterkenny, Ireland, was timed in 1:55.80, nearly two seconds off his season best and school-record mark.
Stewart, a sophomore from Pendleton, Ore., had a throw of 117-04 (35.76m). She was seeded 17th heading into nationals.
Along with the Schmidt competing in the second day of the decathlon, LCSC will have both Dave Marks and Cody Glad competing in the 5,000 on Friday.