MCMINNVILLE, Ore. – Sophomore Joe Cerne is bringing the Northwest Conference crown in the decathlon back to Tacoma. Cerne had a solid second day to leap frog into first place and finish the decathlon with 6,239 points.
The point total is a personal-best for Cerne and gives the Puget Sound track & field team 10 points in the NWC Championship, which will take place next weekend. Cerne's total also currently ranks fourth in Division III and ranks fifth on the Loggers all-time list.
Cerne started off the day finishing second in the 11m hurdles with a time of 17.09. He tossed a personal-best 114-feet, 6-inches in the discus to take third in the event. He then tied for first with a pole vault of 14-feet, 3.25-inches and placed second in the javelin with a toss of 168-feet, 2-inches. With a sizeable lead already, Cerne still ran a personal-best in the 1500m to place fourth with a 4:42.54.
Cerne's 6,239 points was nearly 300 points ahead of the rest of the field. Lauke Matthews of Whitworth placed second with 5,944 points and teammate Stephen Cooper took third with 5,803 points.
Myles McDonald finished ninth in the decathlon for the Loggers with 4,376 points. His best mark of the day came in the javelin, which he threw 152-feet, 7-inches to place third behind Cerne.
Cerne was in third place after day one and again came charging back to win his first conference crown.
The Logger track & field teams will compete this weekend at the Luau Invitational in Foirest Grove, Ore.
Day One Recap
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. – After the first half of the decathlon at the NWC Multis, Joe Cerne sits in third place with 3,076 points and Myles McDonald is in 10th with 2,491 points.
Cerne and McDonald both competed in the 100m dash, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m dash today with five more events on the horizon tomorrow. Cerne's best finish in an individual event came in the final event of the day. He finished second in the 400m dash with a 51.80 for 734 points.
McDonald's best finish came in the high jump when he finished fifth with a leap of 5-feet, 7.75-inches. He recorded 560 points in the event.
In his last decathlon at Pacific, Mar. 17-18, Cerne was in fourth place at the halfway mark of the competition and turned in a solid second day to take the decathlon title.
The day started off with the 100m with Cerne running an 11.76 and McDonald running a 12.86. Next up was the long jump where Cerne jumped 19-feet, 3.5-inches and McDonald lept 17-feet, 9-inches. The shot put was next with McDonald's toss of 32-feet, 2.75-inches edged Cerne's toss of 32-feet, 1-inch.
Cerne cleared 5-feet, 10-inches in the high jump to finish just in fron of McDonald and McDonald ran a 57.52 in the 400m to finish up the day.
Carson Kennedy of Willamette holds the lead with 3,205 points – only 129 points in front of Cerne.
Day two of the decathlon begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Linfield.