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VU's Eric Blackman 7th after 5 events in Decathlon national championship

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – In the early portion of Session I of the 2015 NJCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Vincennes University sophomore Eric Blackman had completed the first day’s scheduled five Decathlon events and was in seventh place with 3,277 points.
The Purdue signee’s highlight of the Decathlon thus far was a second place finish in the High Jump at 6 feet, 9.5 inches. In the other four completed Decathlon events, he was:
·    Fourth in the Shot Put:           36 feet, 5 inches,
·    Eighth in the Long Jump:        20 feet, 8 inches,
·    15th in the 400 Meter Dash:   57.08, and,
·    15th I the 100 Meter Dash:     11.82.
Sophomore Michael Samuels of South Plains was first after five events with 3,640 points.
The Decathlon competitors still have the 110 Meter Hurdles, Discus, Pole Vault, Javelin and 1500 Meter Run to complete in the event on Day No. 2 of the meet.
Other competitions set to start today (Thursday) are the Men’s Hammer Throw, Women’s Hammer Throw, Women’s 10,000 Meter Run and Men’s 10,000 Meter Run. The complete schedule for the NJCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships is attached. Events will run through part of the day on Saturday.

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