TUSCON, Ariz. — Oregon freshman Max Vollmer capped his commanding performance at the Pac-12 Combined Events Championship meet with a conference title on Sunday.
Vollmer set eight personal records, won six of the 10 events and finished with a PR 7,964 points, the most scored at the Pac-12 meet since former Duck Dakotah Keys had 8,001 in 2013.
Vollmer’s win gave Oregon its eighth decathlon title in the last 12 years and 18th overall since Craig Bigham started the Ducks’ storied tradition when he won the first title offered by the conference in 1973.
Vollmer took the lead for good on Saturday after the second event and went on to post four PRs and three wins en route to 4,113 points. It was the highest score on the opening day of the Pac-12 meet since 2014.
He stayed hot on Sunday, opening with a PR 14.94-second run in the 110-meter hurdles and a PR throw of 128 feet, 11 inches in the discus. Vollmer then won the final three events — pole vault (PR-tying 16-3/4), javelin (PR 199-2) and 1,500 (PR 4:34.57).
California’s Hakim McMorris was a distant second at 7,259.
Redshirt junior Dalen Hargett also finished fifth for Oregon with a PR 6,827 points. He started the day in seventh place but moved up thanks to a win in the discus with a PR throw of 142-6. He also was third in the 110 hurdles (15.40) and pole vault (13-9 1/4).
With those two finishes the Ducks will take 14 points into the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships next weekend when the meet returns to Roy P. Drachman Stadium in Tucson, May 11-12.
Oregon also grabbed a point in the heptathlon as sophomore Keira McCarrell finished eighth with 5,118 points.
She got her second event win of the weekend when she placed first in the javelin at 145-5. She also won the shot put on Saturday.
Oregon State senior Saskia McNairy was seventh with 5,379 points, and the champion was Washington’s Hannah Rusnak at 5,762.