York Edges School Record in Heptathlon at Nebraska
Feb. 2, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. — It took Richard York one meet to break two records.
York, a senior on the University of New Mexico track and field team, set a new personal record and school record in the men's heptathlon out at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational on Saturday.
York scored 5538 points in the seven-event heptathlon, placing third and breaking his old career mark of 5537 set almost two years ago to the day at the New Mexico Classic Heptathlon on Feb. 4-5, 2011.
With the one-point improvement, York tightens his hold on the school record in the heptathlon. He now holds the top five heptathlon performances in New Mexico history (5538 points, 5537, 5533, 5408 and 5294).
The St. Louis product kicked off competition on Friday with a 7.14 time in the 60 hurdles, earning 833 points. He missed a new lifetime best by four one-hundredths of a second (7.10).
The next two event, York did notch a pair of personal bests. He leaped 23-5 ¼ in the long jump to gain 847 points, and threw 42-8 in the shot put for 667 points. His old bests were 23-4 ¾ and 40-7 ½, respectively.
He ended the first day of competition with a 767-point performance in the high jump, clearing 6-5, just a half-inch below his PR of 6-5 ½.
By Friday's end, York was on pace to break his career best in the heptathlon. After scoring 3114 through four events in Nebraska, he was outpacing his old PR, where he had 3077 points through four events.
York continued his record-breaking rate Saturday, running to an 8.61 time in the 60 hurdles, good for 834 points. He increased his point total through five events to 3948 points, in comparison to the 3879 points he scored when he set his PR.
In the pole vault, he posted a season-best clearance of 15-3. That mark yielded another 819 points, bringing his total through six events to 4752 points.
In the final event of the heptathlon, York just edged his record as he zipped to a 2:48.07 time in the 1000. He netted 786 points from that run, giving him the new record of 5538 points that ranks 10th in the NCAA prior to this weekend's competition.
Wisconsin took the top two finishes at Devaney Center Indoor Track, as Japheth Cato scored 6024 points (second best in the nation prior to this weekend) and Zach Ziemek scored 5598 points.
On Friday, Lobo women's multi-athlete Samantha Bowe took sixth in the women's pentathlon with a new personal record of 3614.