May 8, 2016
SEATTLE, Wash. – The Ducks are already off to a fast start heading into the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships next weekend thanks to 14 points from decathletes Mitch Modin and Joe Delgado at the Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships, Sunday.
Modin finished with 7,450 points for second place, a position he held for much of the meet. The junior fell into third with two events left but responded with a second-place finish in the javelin (180-7/55.05m) and nearly setting a personal best in the 1,500 at the end of the day with a time of 4:43.60.
Modin started the day with fourth-place marks in both the 110 hurdles (15.14) and discus (125-7/38.27m) before letting some points slip in the pole vault where he finished at a height of 13-9.25 (4.20m).
“It’s been a grueling couple of days for Mitch and Joe,” said head coach Robert Johnson. “Mitch had a few hiccups along the way but he stayed in it. That shows his true nature as an individual.”
Delgado started the day in seventh place and after a time of 15.59 in the 110 hurdles and a throw of 124-7 (37.98m) in the discus, fell to eighth. But in the final three events Delgado surged up the standings to a third place finish. The sophomore cleared 14-9 (4.50m) in the pole vault and took fourth in the javelin with a best of 164-7 (50.16m). The big jump, however, came in the 1,500 where he won with a personal best of 4:17.49, jumping from fifth place to third and clipping Washington State’s Dino Dodig by two points overall.
“Joe had to fight over the couple of days and finished it off with a fantastic 1,500 at the end,” Johnson said. “Duck Nation should be really proud of how those two competed over the weekend.”
The Pac-12 Championships will resume Saturday, May 14 in Seattle as the men look for their 10th-straight team title and the women approach their eighth consecutive title.