By: Gerry Henson, Elyria (Ohio) Chronicle-Telegram
May 27, 2010
BEREA, OHIO -- They’re twins, yet they’re probably each other’s most dreaded rival.
Linfield College (Ore.) seniors Josh and Jeremy Lovell battled each other and 13 other contestants in the first five events of the men’s decathlon during first-day competition at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Baldwin Wallace University on Thursday.
Josh, the event’s defending champion, came to the Berea campus with the nation’s top qualifying total of 7,125 points, 45 points better than his winning total in 2009.
Jeremy, last year’s runner-up with 6,857 points, had the third best qualifying total for the grueling 10-event competition (6,868).
Josh is in sixth place after the first day’s events with 3,615 points, while Jeremy is eighth with 3,524 points.
“I feel all right about what I did on Thursday” said Josh. “I suffered a hamstring injury two months ago, and this is my first competition since then.
“I couldn’t get over some mental troubles in the high jump. You can always hope to do better, but it is what it is. I closed out the day on a much better note.
“I’m ready for the second day and anxious to see what happens. As often happens, the championship probably will come down to our final event (the 1,500).”
Jeremy stressed the importance of consistency to determine the event’s champion.
“Finishing in the top three or four in an event obviously boosts your championship chances,” said Jeremy. “Hopefully, you can finish close to those places and garner some valuable points.
“I wasn’t completely satisfied with what I did in the high jump. But, still I feel that I’m on a good pace. I just have to realize that I have to face the competition.”
Josh began defense of his championship with the third-best time in the 100 (11.16 seconds for 825 points). He followed that up with a lackluster 12th best performance in the long jump (20-7¾, 650 points) and then had the eighth best toss in the shot put (39-3¼, 605 points). The defending champion rebounded nicely in the high jump, finishing third (6-4¼, 749 points) and concluded the day with a fifth–place effort in the 400 (50.62 seconds, 786 points).
Jeremy started the day with a sixth-best time in the 100 (11.30 seconds, 795 points) before taking fifth place in the long jump (21-8¾, 725 points). After that, he had the 11th best performance in the shot put (35-8, 538 points). His 11th–place showing in the high jump (6-3/4) added 670 points to his first-day total and his third–place finish in the 400 (50.41 seconds, 796 points) closed out his opening day performances.
Kurtis Brondyke of Central College (Iowa) is the first-day leader with 3,786 points, 33 points better than Richard Roethel of Christopher Newport (Va.).