May 7, 2016
SEATTLE, Wash. – The Oregon men began their journey for a 10th-straight Pac-12 Championship, Saturday, beginning with Mitch Modin and Joe Delgado in the multi-events championship at the University of Washington.
Modin finished the first day in second place with 3,993 points, 32 behind the leader Pau Tonnesen. The Bend, Ore., native started competition by running 10.94 in the 100, the fastest time in the field. After a mark of 23-0 (7.01m) in the long jump, the junior moved to second place where he would remain for the remainder of the day. He continued to throw 43-1.75 (13.15m) in the shot put and clear 6-3.25 (1.91m) in the high jump. During the final event of the day, Modin cut 130 points off Tonnesen’s lead by setting a lifetime best in the 400 by nearly a full second, crossing the finish line in 48.10.
Delgado worked his way up the standings during the day, beginning with an 11.30 in the 100 before leaping to 21-2.75 (6.47m) in the long jump. After two events, the Ontario, Ore., native sat in ninth but began his climb with a personal best in the shot put (43-10.5/13.37m). He closed out the day by tying his personal best of 6-3.25 (1.91m) in the high jump and setting another personal best in the 400 with a time of 49.07. Delgado will enter the second day in seventh with 3,757 points.
The second and final day of the decathlon will begin on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.