Going For The Gold
Before March, UM sophomore Nick Adcock had never competed in three of the decathlon events.
But at the US Junior Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis, Adcock proved he could master them all.
"As long as you're up there in the top five, you know, some people might have highs and lows, and as long as you're pretty much consistent throughout, that can pay off and you can win," said Adcock.
And win is exactly what Adcock did, toppling the field by 145 points.
His performance was the seventh best in the 58-year history of the US Junior Championships.
"I knew that it would be close because I've competed with some of the guys that were in it, and luckily they had a couple bad events and I had a couple of good events, and things turned out my way," said Adcock.
Adcock had a point lead equivilant to 14 seconds on Oregon's Ashton Eaton heading into the final 1,500 meter run. Yet, Adcock did not know all the details.
"Coaches kind of fibbed to me and they said that I had about seven seconds so, you know, I was a little bit more focused on what I had to do."
Adcock beat Eaton by more than eight seconds, taking home the gold, and a spot on the US team going to the Pan-American Junior Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil this July.
"Mostly my goal is to match what I did in Indy, and if I get more I get more and if not, then it's all right. But you know, just go down there and just see what happens."
Adcock won only one event in his gold medal weekend in Indy, but never finished outside the top 10.