Philadelphia’s Kyle Garland, a Germantown Academy graduate who is a redshirt sophomore at Georgia, finished sixth Sunday in the decathlon at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore.
Garland, who stood in second place with 4,224 points after the first five events on Saturday, maintained that position through Sunday’s first two events – the 110-meter hurdles and the discus. But he dropped to fifth place after pole vaulting 15 feet, 3 inches, good for eighth-best, and remained fifth after a javelin throw of 184-4, the No. 9 effort.
In the final event, the 1,500-meter run, Garland posted a time of 4 minutes, 56.72 seconds, good for 579 points and 11th place. His overall total fell 56 points short of his previous best of 8,196 set last month at the SEC Championships, the only senior decathlon in which he had competed before this weekend.
On the first day, Garland finished first in the high jump at 7 feet, 1½ inches and taking second in both the long jump (25-1½) and the shot put (51-9¾).
Sophomore Sanaä Barnes set a Villanova program record in the high jump by clearing 6-1½ during Friday’s preliminary round but could manage only a best jump of 5-9¾ in Sunday’s final and finished tied for 11th.
Barnes’ teammate, junior Lydia Olivere, finished 13th in her first-round heat in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:03.13, and former Penn State standout Tori Gerlach, a Pennridge High graduate, took 16th in 10:25.39.
Chanel Brissett, a senior at Texas who starred for Cheltenham High School, captured sixth place in her heat of the 100-meter hurdles semifinals, clocking 12.71, but did not advance to the final.
In Saturday’s first round at Hayward Field, Penn senior Marc Minichello unleashed a throw of 251 feet, 5 inches (76.63 meters) on his only attempt of the competition to lead all qualifiers into Monday’s final.
In other Saturday results:
― Redshirt freshman Sean Dolan of Villanova clocked a time of 1 minute, 47.16 seconds in the semifinal of the men’s 800-meter run, with a fine final lap of 53.38 seconds. He finished 11th overall and fifth in his heat.
― English Gardner, a graduate of Eastern High School, posted a semifinal time of 10.96 seconds in the women’s 100, but finished sixth in the final in a time of 11.16.