Mitch Modin and Joe Delgado go 1,2 in decathlon at Pac-12 Combined Events Championships
The Pac-12 Track and Field Championships kicked off on Saturday and Sunday with the combined events competition. In a field of eight decathletes, Mitch Modin and Joe Delgado finished first and second, giving Oregon’s men their first 18 points before the rest of the athletes compete at Hayward Field this coming weekend.
Modin won his first Pac-12 title with 7,530 total points, becoming the 18th Duck to win the decathlon, while Delgado finished with 7,432 points.
The two replicated their 1-2 overall finish in two events: the discus and the javelin. In the discus, Modin threw 124 feet, 7.50 inches, while Delgado threw 122-3.5. As for the javelin, both athletes hit personal records, Modin’s of 197 feet and Delgado’s of 181-6.25.
Modin sat in second place with 3,986 points, while Delgado was in fifth with 3,702 points after the field events concluded on Saturday. Modin had earned second place finishes in the long jump and the high jump, jumping 23-0.75 and 6-4.25, respectively. Delgado also won the shot put with a distance of 42 feet, 8.75 inches.
On Sunday, Modin surged into first place when tied for first in the pole vault, clearing 15 feet, 5 inches. After his win in the javelin, he took a commanding lead with just one event to go. In the 1,500-meter, Delgado won with a personal best of 4 minutes, 14.75 seconds to earn his second-place finish.
The rest of the track and field team will finish the Pac-12 Championships this weekend as the men’s team attempts to take the title for the 11th year in a row.
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