SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Stanford-bound Harrison Williams won the junior national championship in the decathlon on Thursday, scoring the second-highest total in U.S. history.
Williams, who signed a national letter of intent with Stanford in February, scored 7,734 points at the USA Track and Field Championships at Hornet Stadium and qualified for the IAAF World Junior Championships on July 22-27 in Eugene, Ore., by finishing among the top two. The score for the Memphis, Tenn., native was second only to the 7,748 by Gunnar Nixon of Santa Fe (Edmond, Okla.) in 2011 on the U.S. list for those 19 and under.
The heptathlon and decathlon are the only junior championship events being contested in conjunction with USATF’s national championships, which run through Sunday afternoon and feature most of the USA’s current Olympians, including gold medalists.
Williams, a recent graduate of Memphis University School, shattered his previous best of 7,525, set at the Arcadia (Calif.) Invitational in April. He beat runner-up Gabriel Moore by 140 points. Williams won only one event, his specialty, the pole vault (16-0 ¾). However, he was second in the long jump, high jump, and 400.
Williams, the Tennessee Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year, won five events at the state Division II championship meet and holds state records in three.
Here are Williams’ results, event-by-event:
100 meters – 10.82 (wind-aided), 901 points; Long jump – 22-11 1/4w (22-2 ½), 845; Shot put – 43-5 ¼, 682; High jump – 6-6 ¼, 794; 400 – 48.11, 904. Total: 4,126.
110 high hurdles – 14.98, 852; Discus – 126-1, 633; Pole vault – 16-0 3/4 , 880; Javelin – 164-4, 590; 1,500 – 4:42.42, 653. Second-day total: 3,608. Final total: 7,734 (personal record, No. 2 U.S. junior all-time).
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Two current Stanford athletes, each a 2014 NCAA outdoor finalist, competed on Thursday in the U.S. senior nationals: junior Luke Lefebure in the men’s 800 and senior Michael Atchoo in the men’s 1,500.
Lefebure ran 1:48.37, his second-fastest ever, to finish sixth in his heat and 15th overall, 0.35 from the final qualifying spot on time. Atchoo ran 3:48.47 to finish 12th in his heat and 24th overall.
In the men's 10,000, two-time U.S. cross country champion and 14-time Stanford All-America Chris Derrick '12 finished second to Galen Rupp. Derrick followed college teammate Jacob Riley '11 for the early part of the race before taking the lead with about eight laps left. Rupp, however, blasted past Derrick with 500 to go, winning in 28:12.07 to Derrick's 28:18.18.
Among other alums, Stephanie Marcy Dinius was seventh in the women's 10,000 in 32:56.14 and Garrett Heath '09 advanced to the final of the men's 1,500 (3:44.98).
Three Stanford athletes will compete Friday: junior Aisling Cuffe and redshirt junior Jessica Tonn in the women’s 5,000 final (9:05 p.m.) and redshirt junior Erik Olson in the men’s 5,000 final (9:25 p.m.). The sixth and final current Cardinal to compete will be freshman Valarie Allman in the women’s discus trials and final on Sunday (11:45 a.m.).
The meet will be televised live on Friday (NBCSN, 7 p.m.), Saturday (NBC, 1 p.m.) and Sunday (NBC, 1 p.m.).
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800 (first round) – 15, Luke Lefebure 1:48.37.
1,500 (first round) – 13, Garrett Heath (alum) 3:44.98; 24, Michael Atchoo 3:48.47. Heath advances to Saturday’s final.
10,000 (final) – 2, Chris Derrick (alum) 28:18.18; 7, Brendan Gregg (alum) 28:48.22; 9, Jacob Riley (alum) 29:06.07.
10,000 (final) -- 7, Stephanie Marcy Dinius (alum) 32:56.14.
Decathlon – 1, Harrison Williams (incoming Stanford freshman) 7,734 points. Williams qualifies for IAAF World Junior Championships.
4 p.m.: Women’s 400 hurdles (first round) – Kori Carter (alum).
9:05 p.m.: Women’s 5,000 (final) – Aisling Cuffe, Jessica Tonn.
9:25 p.m.: Men’s 5,000 (final) – Erik Olson, Brendan Gregg (alum).