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Wallace posts career-best mark in decathlon at Cowley County

OC sophomore Austin Wallace won the Cowley Tiger Decathlon with a career-best score.
OC sophomore Austin Wallace won the Cowley Tiger Decathlon with a career-best score.

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 10, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian’s Austin Wallace set a new personal-best mark of 6,280 points to win the Cowley Tiger Decathlon, which ended on Thursday at Cowley County (Kan.) Community College.

Wallace won four of the 10 track and field events that make up the decathlon, taking the 100 meters, shot put and 400 meters on Wednesday, then doing the same in the javelin on Thursday. The sophomore from Edmond easily improved on his career-best 6,016-point mark he recorded at last year’s Cowley decathlon.

In Thursday’s events, he finished the 110-meter hurdles in 16.47 seconds, threw the discus 28.08 meters (92 feet, 1½ inches), posted a mark of 3.55 meters (11 feet, 7¾ inches) in the pole vault, threw the javelin 50.05 meters (164 feet, 2½ inches) and covered 1,500 meters in 5:02.88.

He finished 865 points ahead of the runner-up in the seven-man decathlon.

Wallace likely will compete in one more decathlon, next week at the Kansas Relays, before the National Christian College Athletic Association Outdoor Championships in early May in Rome, Ga.