JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Waldorf University men's track and field athlete Justin Jacobi claimed the decathlon title during the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Outdoor Multi Championships, which concluded on Sunday.
Jacobi racked up 5,512 points in the two-day competition, winning four of 10 events and securing four runner-up performances. The sophomore from Belle Plain broke Waldorf's outdoor school record in the decathlon by 275 points and improved his previous personal-record (PR) total by 302 points.
"Justin did an outstanding job this weekend," Waldorf interim head coach Kaylen White said. "He has shown steady improvement throughout this entire year. Justin is an incredibly hard worker who makes the most of his talent."
Jacobi opened the decathlon on Saturday, battling to second place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.80 seconds to score 691 points and top his previous PR by three-tenths of a second.
"He started off the decathlon with the best 100-meter sprint he's ever done," White said. "He showed a lot more speed than I've ever seen from him. He followed that with some great jumps in the long jump and just had one great performance after the next."
Winning the long jump, Jacobi turned in a distance of 6.12 meters (20 feet, 1 inch) to earn 613 points while bringing down his previous best performance by 0.11 meters (4.33 inches).
Jacobi took third in the shot put, delivering a toss of 9.66 meters (31 feet, 8.5 inches) to register 465 points.
Continuing strong in the high jump, Jacobi captured first as he cleared the bar at 1.78 meters (5 feet, 10 inches) to tack on 610 points.
Jacobi closed out the opening day of action by racing to second (53.51) with a PR in the 400 and recording 660 points.
Picking up where he left off, Jacobi charged to first (16.03) in the 110 high hurdles to gain 729 points on Sunday.
Jacobi locked up second in the discus with a 28.73-meter (94-foot-3-inch) launch to tally 440 points. He topped his previous PR by 2.62 meters (8 feet, 7.14 inches).
Continuing an impressive showing, Jacobi won the pole vault with a height of 2.94 meters (9 feet, 7.75 inches) as he notched 342 points.
In the javelin, Jacobi placed fourth with a throw of 34.56 meters (113 feet, 5 inches) to add 364 points to his total.
Jacobi capped off the decathlon by pacing his way to second in the 1,500 with a time of 4 minutes, 53.40 seconds to pick up 598 points.
It was a solid all-around performance for Jacobi, who defeated Viterbo University's Joshua Housel by 472 points. Housel finished with 5,040 points, the University of Jamestown's Jamison Gray took third with 4,416 points, Viterbo's James Scoles placed fourth with 3,905 points and Jamestown's Chris Peterson came in fifth with 3,553 points.
Winning the decathlon marked Jacobi's second multi championship this year. He also brought home the title in the heptathlon during the NSAA Indoor Multi Championships in March.
The Warriors are now preparing for the NSAA Outdoor Championships, scheduled for May 11-12 at Jamestown.