Photo Credit: Brendan Maloney
Austin, Tex. - Senior Tyler Nelson would finish off his first day of competition in the decathlon at the NCAA Division One Outdoor Track and Field Championships earlier this evening, hosted by the University of Texas at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Fending off early morning rain and afternoon heat reaching up to 90 degrees fahrenheit, Nelson would unfortunately not finish the first day of competition unscathed, picking up a mild hamstring strain in his right leg after the first two events. Despite this, he would still get through the first day with a score of 3791 points, good enough for 16th place in the overall decathlon standings.
The 100m dash would prove to be the most arduous of the day, an early downpower accompanying the decathletes through their first event. The Gaucho senior would get off to a good start clocking 10.99 (+1.0 m/s), a season's best and his second fastest clocking in his career at UCSB. Nelson's good fortune would not last long though once he got to the long jump, putting up only a 6.22m (20' 5") mark on his first attempt, not improving any further in his subsequent jumps.
A shot put mark of 14.67m (48' 1.75") would prevent Nelson from falling too far behind in the total scoring, but he would make up a significant amount of ground in the proceeding event, the high jump. Two no heights from his fellow competitors would give Nelson the perfect opportunity to leap himself back into contention, and though he'd struggle with a few third attempts as the bar height increased, he'd still put together his second best jump of the year with a mark of 1.92m (6' 3.75"), slotting himself into 16th place overall. Still slightly nursing his injury, Tyler would conclude day one with a 50.47 in the 400m, keeping him steady at 16th for now.