WORCESTER, Mass. - Rob Whitten of the University of New Hampshire men's track and field team competed in the first decathlon of the season April 17-18 at the College of the Holy Cross and placed sixth of 16 competitors while teammate Tyler Danen finished in 13th place.
Whitten completed the two-day event with 5,516 points while Dan Conti of the host school captured the decathlon by compiling 6,625 points. Whitten was in seventh place (2,880 points) after Wednesday's competition, which featured the 100-meter, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m. Whitten earned 651 points in the 100m with a time of 12.00 seconds and had the fourth-best effort in the high jump with a height of 5-feet, 11.5 inches. His top finish came on day two, when Whitten's height of 13-7.25 in the pole vault was the second-best effort of the day. A time of 16.61 seconds in the 110-hurdles was worth 666 points, his highest total of any event.
Danen compiled 4,788 points and won the high jump at 6-4.25 (749 points). His second-best effort on opening day came in the 100m as he crossed the finish line in 12.25 seconds for 603 points. Danen's best event in day two came in the 100-hurdles. He earned 511 points with a clocking of 18.14. He also fared well in the 1500m with a time of 5:13.06 (487 points).
Both Whitten and Danen will compete in the decathlon at the New England Championships, which will by held May 10-11 at Northeastern University.