What a day for Nick Huber of Cornell. At Outdoor Heps he scored a career-best 7,632 points in the decathlon, the third-highest mark in League history. After the first day at the NCAA Championships, he is positioned to blow that away.
After five events, Huber has 4,065 points, good for third place and 133 points ahead of his day-one point total during his Outdoor Heps record chase.
He opened the day with a strong 10.91 in the 100-meter dash, followed by a 22-6 1/2 long jump. He added a nice 46-1 1/2 in the shot before clearing 6-5 in the high jump. Huber then closed the day with the second-best 400m time of the field, 48.15. See below for a comparison to the best performance of his career.
Sitting in third place, Huber trails Boise State’s Kurt Felix (4,187) and Arkansas’ Gunnar Nixon (4,177).
Earlier today there was a nice story about Huber posted on the Cornell athletics website.
Even though he made the NCAA Championships, Coach Nathan Taylor told writer Evan Drexler that he’d have given Huber “not a chance” to make the Championships when he landed on campus four years ago. In fact, Taylor gave the rare double “not-a-chance.”
But Huber has developed into the League’s most versatile performer (as well as the Northeast Region’s top field eventer), racking up nearly 100 points in individual Heps’ championships along the way. He also found time to create Heps-themed music videos to rally the troops.
Here is his Des Moines showing thus far:
1 pm — 100m dash (10.91 — 881 points)
1:45 pm — long jump (22-6 1/2 — 783 points)
3 pm — shot put (46-1 1/2 — 732 points)
4:15 pm — high jump (6-5 — 767 points)
7 pm — 400m dash (48.15 — 902 points)