Day two of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship featured more undaunted Ephs performing in the face of great competition and tough weather. Tobias Muellers came back to finish the decathlon, while Katakyie Ofori-Atta and Steven Yannacone competed in the 100m and 800m prelims.
Tobias kicked things off with a big personal best in the 110m hurdles, running 16.13 seconds (12th, 718 points). He carried momentum over to the discus, where he set yet another personal best. His 34.37m throw was over a meter better than his previous best, and earned him 8th in the field (551 points). Displaying his ever-improving athleticism, Muellers set his third personal best in his third event of the day, clearing 3.90m in the pole vault (3.90m, 590 points). With this string of personal bests, Muellers was poised to beat his seed score of 6414 points by quite a bit and potentially jump through the national ranks.
Katakyie Ofori-Atta and Steve Yannacone ran their prelims before the final two decathlon events. Kat was in the 3rd and final heat of the 100m prelims. The format of the event is the winner of each heat advances to the final, and then the next 5 best times (totaling 8 finalists). He got out of the blocks extremely well and was just edged out for the win in his heat. His time of 10.66 seconds was 7th overall though, and as a result he will advance to the final tomorrow. Shortly after, Yannacone ran an aggressive 800m prelim. The 800m sends the top 2 from each heat (3 total) to the final, plus the next two fastest times. Yannacone went out in the top 2 of his heat from the start. Although he finished 3rd in his heat, his 8th overall time of 1:51.34 will carry him to the final as well.
To wrap up the day, Tobias finished up with javelin and the 1500m. He continued his string of incredible performances on the weekend, setting yet another personal best in the jav. He threw for 44.67m (11th, 510 points). Just on the outside looking in on an All-American spot, he had one event left. He lay absolutely everything out there, taking a commanding 2nd place finish in a time of 4:32.09 (731 points). As a result, he jumped one final spot in the decathlon and seized the final All-American mark, finishing 8th overall in a personal best 6567 points to cap off an incredible breakout season.
The Ephs will look to carry over momentum to tomorrow, where they will contest 4 events to conclude the NCAA Championship.