NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Colby Seyferth (Jr./Banks, Ore./Banks) claimed All-MIAC distinction as he took second place in the MIAC Decathlon, finishing with 6,342 points. That is the fourth-best performance in Carleton College men’s track and field history and the highest score by a Knight in more than 20 years.
All-American Maxwell Dunne won this year’s decathlon competition with 6,561 points, which ranks him seventh in Division III. Seyferth’s point total moved him up from 29th to 16th nationally as he established five new personal records.
Over the course of the two-day event, Seyferth won all three running events (100-meter dash, 400-meter dash, and 1500-meter run); finished second in all three throwing events (shot put, discus, and javelin): and added a second-place result in the high jump. He was also fourth in the 110-meter hurdles, fifth in the long jump, and seventh in the pole vault.
After posting new PR’s in three events (long jump, shot put, and high jump) on Thursday, Seyferth opened day two with a new personal best in the 110 hurdles, crossing the line at 16.46.
He opened the discus with identical throws of 31.84 meters. Seyferth then registered a distance of 35.02 meters (114 feet, 11 inches) on his final attempt.
Next up was the pole vault, and he cleared 3.47 meters (11 feet, 4.5 inches) on his second try. In the javelin, Seyferth’s third toss measured 46.25 meters (151 feet, 9 inches).
The 10-event competition concluded where it began, on the track at Laird Stadium. Seyferth proved once again that he was comfortable on the oval, posting a seven-second margin of victory in the 1500-meter run. He established a new PR—his fifth of the decathlon—with a time of 4:39.97.
“Just an all-around great effort for two days,” said Carleton head coach Dave Ricks. “Colby really did a great job in the throws with his final throw in each event being his best.
“It was really fun to have Colby competing on his home track. He won the first event of the competition (100-meter dash) on Thursday and the last event (1500-meter run). He was simply outstanding.”
The balance of the MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held on May 9-10 at St. Olaf College.
CARLETON COLLEGE DECATHLON LEADERS
Pts -- Athlete -- Year
6800 -- Rick Bollin -- (1985)
6601 -- Jeff Brown -- (1988)
6390 -- Steve Burch -- (1990)
6342 -- Colby Seyferth -- (2014)
6132 -- Paul Thom -- (1987)
6112 -- John Hyde -- (1990)