The Kansas State men’s track and field team started the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday.
Junior Aaron Booth sat in 10th place after the first day of the men’s decathlon with a score of 3,952. Junior Jullane Walker placed 19th in the men’s long jump final.
Booth, who is from Auckland, New Zealand, had a personal-best Day 1 point total in the decathlon. He also set three more personal bests out of five total events. His previous best score on the first day in the decathlon was at the Big 12 Championship on May 10, when he had 3,887 points.
K-State had to run in the rain at the start of the men’s decathlon 100 meters. Booth finished in 11.12 seconds and senior Simone Fassina followed up with an 11.38-second run. Booth separated himself in the long jump with a 7.22 meter leap on his last attempt, a personal best that put him at sixth overall in that event and pushed him to seventh overall through the first two events.
Booth followed that up with another personal best, this time by jumping 1.95m for 758 points. Booth’s previous-best mark was 1.93, which he recorded at the Big 12 Championship when he was runner-up in the decathlon. Fassina leaped 1.89m on his third attempt.
The final event of Day 1 was the 400 meters. Booth posted yet another personal best, clocking a 49.73-second dash to win his heat and gain another 827 points. The men’s decathlon resumes Thursday afternoon.
Walker earned his 19th-place finish in the long jump with a 7.44m leap on his second and third tries. Walker did not qualify for the finals, but he finished the season with the eighth-best jump in K-State outdoor history with a 7.78m jump.
The women begin semifinal and final action on Thursday while the decathletes finish their competition.