Harrison is NCAA II provisional qualifier in decathlon and javelin
April 19, 2012
AZUSA, Calif. - Western Washington University's Alex Harrison (Sr., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) was a NCAA Division II provisional qualifier in both the decathlon and javelin as he placed third with a school-record point total at the California Invitational B Division Decathlon which ended Thursday at Azusa Pacific University Stadium.
Harrison uncorked a toss of 201-10 (61.52 meters) in the javelin, the best mark of all 15 competitors, and finished the 10-event endurance test with 6,772 points. That surpassed by 29 points the old WWU mark set by Jeff Neubauer in 1986.
The provisional qualifying standard in the decathlon is 6,300 and the mark in the javelin is 193-7.
"He had a solid performance all the way across," said WWU coach Pee Wee Halsell (25th year) of Harrison's decathlon performance. "I believe that should get him to nationals."
Besides the javelin effort Thursday, Harrison ran the 110-meter hurdles in 15.51, had marks of 128-10 in the discus and 13-9 1/4 in the pole vault, and finished the 1,500 in 5:00.6.
On Wednesday, he ran the 100 meters in 11.63 seconds, had marks of 21-3/4 in the long jump and 43-10 in the shot put, cleared 5-7 3/4 in the high jump and completed the 400 in 52.87.
Harrison also was a provisional qualifier in both the javelin and decathlon in 2010. He placed 10th at nationals (6,142) in the decathlon that year and threw the javelin a school-record 208-5.
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