Wichita State’s Hunter Veith is sixth with 4,242 points after the first day of the decathlon at the NCAA outdoor championships in Eugene, Ore.
Veith, a junior from Cheney, started the day with a personal-record time of 10.66 seconds in the 100-meter dash. He finished second in the long jump with a distance of 25 feet, 3 1/2 inches, one inch behind Georgia’s Devon Williams.
He finished 21st in the 24-man field with a throw of 41-8 3/4 in the shot put. He jumped 6-7 in the high jump to finish sixth.
Veith ended the day finishing ninth in the 400 meters with a time of 49.16 seconds.
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Minnesota’s Luca Wieland leads the standings with 4,440 points, followed by Williams (4,354) and defending champion Lindon Victor of Texas A&M with 4,349.
Michigan’s Steven Bastien is fourth with 4,287 points and Georgia’s Karl Saluri is fifth with 4,247 points.
The decathlon resumes at 12:30 p.m. Thursday with the 110-meter hurdles.
ESPN3.com and ESPN2 will show events on Thursday.