York Finishes Second, Potter Fifth in MW Outdoor Decathlon

May 10, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of New Mexico’s two decathletes, Richard York and Sam Potter, wrapped up the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field decathlon on Thursday as they combined for 12 team points and a pair of top-five finishes.

York, a junior out of St. Louis, racked up personal-record 7513 points during the two-day affair, which earned him second place and eight team points for the Lobos.  

Potter, out of Albuquerque’s Cibola High School, did not finish far behind, as he tallied 6831 points for fifth place and four team points. Potter also broke into the Lobos’ all-time rankings in the decathlon, as he now sits at ninth place.

Wednesday’s events started with the 100-meter dash, where York clocked a 11.01-second raw time for 858 points and Potter raced to a 11.35 raw time for 784 points.

In the long jump, the pair knocked out season bests, as York flew 23-feet, 4.5-inches (7.12-meters) and Potter went 21-11.75 (6.70m). They earned 842 and 743 points, respectively.

The shot put and high jump also yielded strong results for the pair. York posted 620 points in the shot put with a 40-1.25 (12.22m) mark and tacked on another 767 in the high jump with a season-high 6-5 (1.96m) mark. Potter picked up 564 points in the shot put with a 36-1.5 (11.01m) throw and captured 636 more with a 5-11.25 (1.81m) mark in the high jump.

To wrap up the first day, York ran a 49.33 400m to snap up 846 points, while Potter ran a personal-best 50.38 400m to gain 797 points.

York ended Wednesday in second place with 3933 points, and Potter sat in seventh with 3506 points.

To open up Thursday, the duo rocked solid times in the 110m hurdles, as York finished in a season-best 15.27 and Potter in a personal-best 15.09. Potter tallied 839 points for his efforts and York posted 817.

Their strong performance continued in the pole vault, with Potter’s 15-3 (4.65m) mark tying for third and York’s 14-11 (4.55m) vault placing fourth.

The discus and javelin also offered valuable points late in the competition. York threw 123 feet (37.49m) in the discus and 185-10 (56.65m) in the javelin to register 614 and 688 points, respectively. Potter earned 561 point in the discus for his 114-6 (34.89m) mark and 571 points in the discus for his 160-1 (48.80m) mark in the javelin.

The last event, the 1500m, proved to be the deciding factor for both athletes. York’s 4:39.02 time won the race and produced 686 point to finish second overall, and Potter managed a 5:01.66 time in the metric mile for 550 points to finish fifth overall.

With the conclusion of Thursday’s events, the Lobos are in third place with 12 points. The bulk of the meet starts tomorrow with the women’s hammer at 10 a.m. Keep up-to-date with results by visiting the MW’s official website.