CLAREMONT, Calif. – Sophomore Joe Cerne hit three personal-bests in the first five events of the decathlon at the NCAA Championships on Thursday. Cerne compiled 3,139 points and is currently in 20th.
"Joe's strength is his second day," said head coach Mike Orechia. "So that's what we are focusing on right now."
According to Orechia he is on pace to set another personal-best in the decathlon.
Cerne started off the day with a personal-best time of 11.53 in the 100-meter dash. He placed 14th out of the 20 decathletes. His next event was the long jump where he fell just short of a personal-best with a leap of 19-feet, 9-inches. He finished 18th in the event.
In the shot put, Cerne ousted his personal-best by nearly two feet with a toss of 33-feet, 10.25-inches to finish 17th. The fourth event of the day was the high jump. He finished 20th with a leap of 5-feet, 7.75-inches.
In his final event of the day, Cerne set yet another personal-best in the 400-meter dash. His time of 51.72 was a career-best for Cerne and placed him 11th in the event.
In both of his previous decathlons this year, Cerne had a strong second day performance that saw him climb up the leaderboards. He will look to continue the trend tomorrow at 2 p.m. when the decathlon picks back up.
Senior teammate Andrea Leiken will compete in the women's 400-meter dash tomorrow as well. That event is schedule to run at 5:50 p.m.