Podraza Wins Decathlon at Kansas Relays
Lawrence, Kan. - Nebraska redshirt freshman Zach Podraza won the decathlon title at the Kansas Relays, as he finished in the top-three in four of the five events on Thursday to earn the victory with 6,753 points at Rock Chalk Park.
Podraza’s win marked the fifth time in the last eight KU Relays a Nebraska athlete has claimed the decathlon title. He is also just the second freshman since 2002 to win the KU Relays decathlon title, joining NU's Guy Fenske, who won as a freshman in 2014.
After beginning the day in second place, Podraza scored consecutive second-place finishes and a third-place finish, before winning the javelin to move into first place with one event remaining. He finished in sixth in the final event, the 1,500m, to wrap up the title, his second collegiate decathlon title and first competing for Nebraska.
Podraza won the javelin with a throw of 185-9 (56.63m) to take the lead after nine events. He took second in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.48, and he also finished second in the discus with a throw of 117-11 (35.94m). He took third in the pole vault with a height of 14-1 1/4 (4.30m).
Podraza finished sixth in the 1,500m with a personal-best time of 5:02.21 to clinch the title.
In the heptathlon, freshman Madi Scholl, competing unattached, took 12th overall in her first full collegiate heptathlon with a point total of 3,693. Scholl set a pair of season bests on Wednesday in the first part of the competition.
Shauna Tweedy placed 13th overall with 3,635 points. Tweedy took third place in the javelin with a throw of 119-3 (36.36m) and seventh in the long jump with a leap of 16-2 1/2 (4.94m).
Jared Seay also competed in the decathlon this week, but did not start in the final two events on Wednesday or any of the events on Thursday.
The Kansas Relays continue Friday with the start of the quadrangular competition, which is set to begin with the men's and women's hammer throws at 3 p.m. Some Nebraska athletes are also competing in the college open division, which begins at 10:15 a.m. The meet runs through Saturday. Live results and a live stream (subscription required) will be available at FloTrack.