Castle High product Bryan Clay sits in third place in the men’s decathlon after the first day of the U.S. Olympic Trials held today in rainy Eugene, Ore.
Clay has 4,252 points, trailing Ashton Eaton (4,728) and Trey Hardee (4,406) through five events (100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400 meters). The final five (110 meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500 meters) will be held tomorrow, with the top three finishers representing the United States at the Olympic Games in London next month.
As expected, Eaton got off to a fast start, setting a decathlon record in the 100 meters, breaking the mark set by Clay by 0.24 seconds. Clay is attempting to become the first decathlete to medal in three Olympic Games. He won the gold in 2008. Clay leads Gray Horn by 168 points entering tomorrow’s final day of the decathlon.