The decathlon kicked off the Texas Relays Wednesday and athletes are already starting to separate themselves from the pack at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Senior decathlete Isaac Murphy opened up his decathlon campaign by scorching the rest of the field, winning the 100-meter dash. Clocking in at 10.48 seconds, he only missed matching his personal best by milliseconds. While his performance sputtered, with a seventh place finish in the long jump and a 12th place finish in the high jump, he certainly showed he has the ability to once again lift the decathlon trophy after a big win in the 2012 Texas Relays. He currently holds onto third place, but that should change with his second day performance.
“I feel good I’ve got some events I’m looking forward to coming up tomorrow.” Murphy said, “I’m gonna keep on doing my best and see where I end up.”
Junior Jake Wohlford, who also competed in the event ended up in 11th place after the first day of competition and will have to improve his performance greatly if he hopes to reach the podium.
Notably absent from the Texas Relays was freshman and Big 12 heptathlon champion Johannes Hock, who was rested for the event due to burnout after competing in back-to-back heptathlon events in the indoor season. He will compete later on in the outdoor season.
The Texas Relays continue Thursday with the second day of the decathlon competition, along with a collection of field events, including the hammer throw, javelin, and pole vault. An evening session of running events will follow and close out Thursday. The meet will run through Saturday.