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Kruer places second at regional decathlon and is off to Baltimore for the nationals

Posted Sunday, July 08, 2012 by Mike Hout
It was two long and hot days for Zak Kruer over at Cedarville College but the effort paid off.  He finished second in the regional Junior Olympics decathlon and qualified for the nationals in Baltimore at the end of July.

He had solid events in some jumping events and some throwing events.  His hurdle time was a near pr and he won the vault to shoot up into first place.  The next event was the javelin and this new event for him was a tough one as he slipped back into second place before hanging on to that place in the 1500.  Looking back, overall, it was a solid meet.  He probably lost his most potential points in the long jump where two of his three jumps were fouls.

In a normal decathlon the athletes are quite exhausted after two days.  With the thermometers going over 100 degrees both days, the poor decathletes were totally drained.  Many thanks to the meet officials and the trainers who kept things moving so no athletes were harmed from the heat.

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