ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Matthew Miller made sure his first experience as a decathlete was a memorable one on Friday.
The Beloit College senior from Florence, Colo., totaled 5,452 points in the decathlon at Augustana College's Meet of Champions, wiping out a school record that was set in 1954. The old mark was of 5,355 was held by Rovert Kemp.
Miller finished third overall in the event in the high-powered meet and ranks 33rd in NCAA Division III.
Miller's top events included the 110-meter hurdles, 1500-meter run and pole vault, leach of which he was runnerup. He added a third place finish in the 400 and fifth in the 100.
Beloit College's track and field teams split their squads, sending Miller and javelin thrower Scott Fuchs to the Meet of Champions. The majority of the Buccaneers competed in the Good Friday Open hosted by the University of Dubuque.
At Augustana, Fuchs finished second with a heave of 56.89 meters (186-8).
• GOOD FRIDAY OPEN: Beloit's men and women each finished fourth as three Bucs had first-place finishes.
Dan Arkes was the first to cross the finish line in the 1500-meter run (4:09.17). Avery Sutherland won the top spot in the 3000-meter steeplechase (10:21.51) and Melissa Pelkey was first in the 400 (1:00.71).
The Beloit men's 4x400 relay team of Mauricio Penn, Charles Sandberg, Jack Klobucar and Jose Gutierrez was runnerup (3:31.23). Penn was also third in the 400 (52.52) while Yusuke Harano was third in the 3000 (10:07.11). Michael Strawbridge and Carson McDonald added points in the javelin, finishing third and eighth, respectively.
Also contributing points to the men's total were Isreal Murray (fourth, 400 hurdles), Wil Kangas-Olson (fourth, pole vault), Ethan Harycki (eighth, hammer throw; ninth, shot put) and Gutierrez, Jason Dormon, Travis Price and Xavier Haynes in the 4x100 (fourth).
In the women's competition, Shelby Kline was second in the 3000 steeplechase (12:28.08) with Emma Newsham fourth. Linnae Capuder led three Bucs to score in the pole vault, taking second with a height of 2.77 meters (9-1). Genesis Dade and Kline finished fourth and sixth, respectively.
Dade ran the third leg of the Bucs' runnerup 4x100 fourtsome that included Eva Laun-Smith, Aminah Crawford and Aleesha Heinzen (49.40). Dade, Crawford and Heinzen were joined by Pekley in the 4x400 to take third (4:14.82).
Crawford was third in the 200 (26.14) followed by Dade in sixth. Also scoring were Jamie Manchen (fourth, 1500) and Maria Jones (eighth, 800).