U of M - Bastien Near School Record Through Day One of Bulldog Decathlon
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» Steven Bastien scored 4,100 points on day one of the Bulldog Decathlon, just 62 points shy of the day one total of his school record from last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships.
» Bastien was powered by career-best efforts in both the shot put and 400 meters.
» Day two kicks of Sunday (April 9) at 10:45 a.m.
Site: Athens, Ga. (Spec Towns Track)
Event: Georgia Bulldog Decathlon (Day 1)
U-M Team Result: Non-scoring
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 9 -- at Georgia Bulldog Decathlon - Day 2 (Atlanta, Ga.), 10:45 a.m.
ATHENS, Ga. -- His 2017 decathlon debut may have been delayed by three days due to weather, but Steven Bastien of the University of Michigan men's track and field team has shown through day one of the Georgia Bulldog Decathlon on Saturday (April 8) that it was worth the wait.
Bastien, a first team All-American a year ago, posted 4,100 points through the first five events of the 10-event decathlon -- just 62 points shy of his first-day total in his school-record performance at the NCAA Championships a year ago.
The performance came after the decathlon -- previously scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday -- was delayed on Tuesday for inclement weather forecasted in the area.
The change in scheduled did not seem to deter Bastien, who along the way on Saturday earned career-best performances in the shot put and 400 meters and came close both at 100 meters and in the long jump.
He currently ranks third in the standings behind Tim Duckworth of Kentucky (4,355 points) and Devon Williams of Georgia (4,331), who were the national runner-up and national champion, respectively, in this past winter';s NCAA Indoor Championships heptathlon.
The senior from Saline put an exclamation point on the first of two days, running 47.50 over 400 meters to score 933 points and slash nearly a second-and-a-half off his previous career best in the event. Only Williams (48.14) crossed the line within a second of Bastien.
He kicked off day one by clocking 10.81 over 100 meters for 903 points, just missing his career best by .13 of a second.
Bastien moved on to the long jump where he leapt 7.51m (24-7) on his second attempt, surrounded by a pair of fouled attempts. The one attempt was enough to net him another 937 points.
Twice he surpassed his previous career best of 12.68m (41-7.25) in the shot put; first with a second-attempt 12.80m (42-0) heave and then a 12.98m (42-7) throw on his final try. The latter mark garnered him 666 points.
The lone hiccup on an otherwise superb first day came in the high jump, where he managed only a second-attempt clearance at his opening height of 1.84m (6-0.5) -- well shy of his career-best 2.02m (6-7.5).
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