June 10, 2010
CORVALIS, Ore. - Rice University's Philip Adam will enter Friday's second day of the decathlon event at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 10th place after scoring 3,878 points during Thursday's competition.
Also, Rice's Jason Colwick and Shea Kearney failed to clear at 5.30 meters (17-4 ½) and were eliminated from the pole vault competition before the event was suspended because of inclement weather Thursday evening.
The championships are being held at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.
Less than 100 points separates sixth through 11th place after the first five events of the decathlon.
"Phil had a solid first day with a couple season bests along the way," said Rice coach Jon Warren. "I am very pleased with where he is going into the second day."
Adam clocked an 11.14 time in the 100 meters and logged a 6.85 meter long jump during the morning events. He was just .06 meters off a personal best in the shot put with a throw of 14.42 meters. After a 1.90 meter long jump, Adam posted a time of 50.28 in the 400 meters.
The decathlon continues Friday starting with the 110 meter hurdles at 10 a.m. Pacific/12 p.m. Central. The competition will also include the discus, pole vault and javelin before concluding with the 1500 meters to be run Friday evening.
In the pole vault, Kearney cleared the first height, 5.00 meters (16-4 ¾). Colwick, the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field champion in the pole vault, passed at 5.00 meters and both Rice vaulters passed on 5.15 meters before failing to advance at 5.30 meters.
"The rain came and went throughout the event," Warren said. "Jason struggled. It may have been the weather, maybe not. We took a strategic risk due to some officiating issues that made it worthwhile to pass to a personal best height. If he had cleared it, he most likely would have been an All-American."
Philip Adam Event-by-Event
100 Meters: 11.14 (830)
Long Jump: 6.85 meters (778)
Shot Put: 14.42 meters (754)
High Jump: 1.90 meters (714)
400 Meters: 50.28 (802)
Event time/height/distance followed by points from event in parenthesis.