April 5, 2012
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Baylor track and field's Hunter Brook won the decathlon on Thursday at the Sam Houston State Combined Events Meet in Huntsville, Texas.
The meet featured only a men's decathlon and women's heptathlon with three Baylor competitors in each. On the men's side, sophomore Henry Vildosola finished second behind Brook, and Eric Bostick came in fourth. For the women, sophomore Lauren Rover finished second, followed by Michelle Ratliff in third and Jessica Shadley in fifth.
"We had an outstanding meet today at Sam Houston State," associate head coach Danny Brabham said. "We came out and competed at a very high level. To see personal-bests by that big of a margin shows the type of effort they brought out there."
Brook, who out-dueled his teammate Vildosola by 67 points, set a new career-best of 6,768, 646 points better than his previous career mark. Brook's big points came with a career-best in high jump of 6-8.25 to score 840 points in the event. The high jump career-best was one of nine new career marks for Brook in the 10-event competition.
Vildosola also had a career day with 6,701 points, a 549-point improvement on his previous career best. Vildosola set new career marks in five of the 10 events, including a 13-7 pole vault clearance, which was nearly two feet higher than his personal record.
On the women's side, Rover claimed a runner-up finish with 4,648 points, 345 more than her previous career-best. The sophomore set new personal bests in five of the seven total events, including a four-second best in the 800 meters with a time of 2:27.62.
Ratliff finished just 22 points behind Rover in third place with a total of 4,626 points. The sophomore excelled in the running events, claiming the field's fastest mark in the 800 meters of 2:20.15 and the second-best mark in both the 100 hurdles (15.19) and 200 meters (25.38).
Baylor will be back on the track with a handful of distance runners at the Stanford Invitational on Friday in Stanford, Calif.