LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Dakotah Keys set personal bests in three events and was second overall after the first day of the Pac-12 decathlon Saturday at Loker Stadium and Cromwell Field.
Washington’s Jeremy Taiwo held the first day lead with 4,200 points, followed by Keys with 4,030, USC’s Viktor Fajoyomi with 4,025 and Dominic Giovannoni of UCLA with 3,992. Oregon’s Blake Kemp was 10th with 3,512 points.
“I need to stay focused on my plan," said Keys. "We’ve had really great practices these last couple of weeks. Mainly, just come out and have a great hurdles race. Once that happens, the day just starts great. Today, I came out and had a PR in the 100, and that just rolled into my first-day PR.”
Keys’ day began with a big personal best in the 100 meters. He ran 10.94, which was the second-fastest 100 of the day and an improvement of two-tenths of a second over his previous best.
The sophomore from Sweet Home, Ore., followed that with solid efforts in the long jump and shot put. Keys went 23-6.75/7.18m in the long jump, which was the third best effort on the day. He also threw 41-8/12.70m in the shot put.
Keys then hit his second big personal best of the meet by clearing 6-10.25/2.09m in the high jump. That was an improvement by more than an inch over his previous high bar and was tied with Taiwo for the top clearance among the decathlon competitors.
Keys then wrapped the day with another PR in the 400 meters, going 50.75 – a personal best by half a second – in the 400 meters.
The 4,025 points were also a first day PR for Keys. His previous first day best was 3,969 points set while winning the 2012 Pac-12 decathlon.
The highlight of the day for Kemp, a freshman from Coos Bay, Ore., was his decathlon personal best in the shot put of 42-2.25/12.86m. Kemp also ran 11.21in the 100, had a long jump of 19-8.75/6.01m, cleared 6-0.75/1.85m in the high jump and ran 50.75 in the 400.
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