Keys Sets PR at Sam Adams

Dakotah Keys of the University of Oregon set personal records in the discus, javelin and pole vault along with winning the decathlon 110 meter hurdles to finish as the top collegian and second overall at the Sam Adams Combined Events on Tuesday. The event was held at Westmont College Track in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Keys, a redshirt freshman from Sweet Home, Ore., totaled 7,682 points, which was second only to Sketchers' Chris Randolph, who won with 7,840 points.

According to media release from the University of Oregon, Keys opened the day by winning the 110 hurdles in 14.87. He then went on to set PRs of 117-8/35.86m in the discus and 15-9/4.80m in the pole vault before an eye-opening mark in the javelin.

Keys best throw sailed 209-1/63.74m, which was a 12-feet better than his high school top mark, and would have scored in the open javelin at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships.

Keys then got a little help from teammate Alec Fellows to close out the 1,500 meters. Fellows pulled his teammate around the four laps, eventually finishing fourth in 4:32.31. Keys was right behind in fifth in 4:37.92.

Keys' score marked the fifth-best decathlon total in the NCAA this season, and also ranked No. 8 on the UO top 10.

Fellows, a freshman from Woodway, Wash., used his strong finish in the 1,500 to place sixth overall with 6,820 points in his first collegiate decathlon. Fellows' other marks from Tuesday included 15.46 in the 110 hurdles, 107-3/32.71m in the discus, 13-9.25/4.20m in the pole vault and 129-10/39.59m in the javelin.

Six-time NCAA champion Brianne Theisen appeared in one heptathlon event Tuesday, throwing 111-4/33.93m in the javelin.

The Ducks return home to host the Pepsi Team Invitational on Saturday with three-time defending NCAA men's and women's champion Texas A&M and Pac-12 rivals UCLA and Washington visiting TrackTown USA.


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