Geneva, OH—Men's track and field continued to get the job done on day two of the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. First-year Magnus Herweyer '20 competed in the shot put, while co-captain Tobias Muellers '18 and Tommy Riley '18 concluded the decathlon.
Herweyer started the day in the shot put. The first-year shook off an early foul with two more throws, each better than the last, finishing 17th with a mark of 15.45m. Herweyer will gain valuable experience from competing in two NCAA Championships as a first-year, and the Ephs look forward to watching him improve over the next 3 years.
While Herweyer competed, Muellers and Riley began the second day of competition in the decathlon. The two Ephs started the day in 4th and 8th position, respectively. Muellers ran a personal best 15.71 in the 110 hurdles for 6th overall, scoring 766 points. Riley ran 15.90 for 9th, scoring 744 points.
In the next event, the discus throw, Muellers had another personal best, throwing the discus 34.84m on his final attempt for 8th overall and 560 points. Riley threw 31.60m for 496 points, before unfortunately bowing out of the competition with injury, having earned some valuable NCAA Championship experience.
In the pole vault, Muellers continued on, increasing his personal best streak to three, clearing 4.30m for 4th overall, scoring 702 points. Muellers' performance was a personal best by an absurd 40 centimeters.
In the javelin throw, Muellers threw for yet another personal best, with a mark of 49.33m, for 579 points. Going into the final event of the decathlon, the 1500, typically the bane of decathletes, Muellers sat in 4th place, which would have meant his third straight All-American performance and his best finish at an NCAA Championship.
Muellers was not content to settle for 4th, however. He took the 1500 by the horns, blasting a fifth straight personal record of 4:28.28 to win the event, scoring 756 points. His emphatic close allowed him to move up to 2nd overall in the event, a tremendous finish. He scored 6870 points in total, a new school record.
Head Coach Ethan Barron had nothing but praise for Muellers' achievement, saying "Tobias went 5 for 5 on lifetime PRs for the day to get the school record. That is very impressive. He simply executed with heart all day. He was in 4th going into the final event and really needed a big race and he delivered it." Always looking ahead, Barron's conclusion was simple: "now we're on to Saturday."
The meet will conclude tomorrow. Indoor 3000m National Champion co-captain Peter Hale '17 will be competing in the 5000m, hoping to finish his Williams career with one more signature performance. He races at 3:25 PM.