May 13, 2016
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LINCOLN, Neb. — On a windy opening day of the 2016 Big Ten Track & Field Outdoor Championships, University of Iowa redshirt sophomore William Dougherty (3,778 points) sits in 10th place — 60 points out of scoring position (8th/3,838 points) — after five events tallied in the decathlon Friday.
“We are very excited about Will’s performance today,” UI director of track and field Joey Woody said. “He had three personal records and his other two events were right near his PR. He has positioned himself well to compete for a top-eight place tomorrow.”
In a 16-competitor field, Dougherty’s point total came on the strengths of two top-five finishes that included a collegiate-best mark. The Moville, Iowa, native opened the competition with a pair of wind-aided personal bests in the 100 meters, 11.10 (+2.9), and the long jump, 22-2 1/2 (6.77m; +4.6), before registering a third-place finish — his highest of the day — in the shot put (43-1, 13.13m).
Dougherty went on to clear a season-best 6-2 (1.88m) in the high jump, the fourth of five opening round events. He closed the day with a fifth-place finish and a career-best performance (50.13) in the final section of the 400 meters.
The decathlon commences Saturday at 9:30 a.m. (CT) with the 110-meter hurdles. Field events begin at 12:45 p.m. followed by track events at 2:30 p.m. at the Ed Weir Stadium on the University of Nebraska’s campus.
Schedule Change: The men’s pole vault, featuring Iowa freshman Andy Jatis, was originally slated for Friday evening and is postponed to Saturday at 4 p.m. (CT) due to high winds.
Day 1 Decathlon Summary:
RS So. William Dougherty — 10th/3,778 points
100 meters — 13th/w-11.10 (838 pts.)
Long jump — 14th/w-22-2.5, 6.77m (760 pts.)
Shot put — 3rd/43-1, 13.13m (675 pts.)
High jump — T11th/6-2, 1.88m (696 pts.)
400 meters — 5th/50.13 (809 pts.)
*w – wind-aided
Fr. Daniel Soto finished 13th in his first men’s 10,000 meters in 30:24.00.