June 11, 2010
CORVALIS, Ore. - Rice University junior Philip Adam scored a personal-best 7415 points to finish ninth in the decathlon Friday and claim All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships here Friday.
Adam finished the second day with a fifth-place time of 4:36.06 in the 1500 meters to score 704 points. But the junior from Santa Maria, Calif., fell just six points shy of scoring for the Owls at the Championships. The top eight performances in each event scores points toward team titles at the NCAA Championship. North Carolina's Mateo Sossah clocked a time of 4:22.64 in the 1500 meters to score 794 points in the event and finished 7509 points to place eighth.
"It was really a fun meet," Adam said. "I'm just really excited to do well against such a great group of guys. "I would have liked to have scored a point for our team but next year for sure.
"Philip had a great meet," added Rice head coach Jon Warren. "He had an overall personal best and some individual pr's. It is awesome that his performance will be recognized with All-America status. He deserves it."
For Adam, the second day of competition included a personal best in the discus. His first throw of 42.69 meters/139-1 was better than two meters over his previous pr in the event and gave him 713 points in the event. Adam also fell just shy of another pr on Friday. His personal best in the pole vault is 4.55 meters and after successful vaults at 4.30, 4.40 and 4.50 meters (14-09), he was unable to set a new pr at 4.60.
Adam began the second day of the decathlon in 10th place.
"The conditions were really hard," Adam said. "It was a lot colder than many of the guys are used to and the rain really came down yesterday, especially during the 100 and again during the shot put. Decathletes really bond together. We were competing as a group against the weather."
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)
110 Meter Hurdles: 15.58 (781)
Discus: 42.69 meters (713)
Pole Vault: 4.50 meters (760)
Javelin: 53.11 meters (635)
1500 Meters: 4:36.06 (704)
Event time/height/distance followed by points from event in parenthesis.