Currica leads Cyclones with 9th-place finish in Jim Click Decathlon


Photo: Tim Reuter/Iowa State Daily

Senior Jamal Currica competes in the men’s shot put on Saturday, March 3, during the NCAA Qualifier at Lied Recreation Athletic Center. Currica finished third with a throw of 12.18 meters. 

Dylan Montz

The ISU multi-event athletes finished up competition at the Jim Click Multi-Event Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., on Friday with senior Jamal Currica posting the top performance for the Cyclones with a ninth-place finish overall.

Currica earned 6,519 points through the 10 events. The winner of the event was Damian Warner from London-Western Track and Field Club, who scored 7,977 points. Multi-event coach Pete Herber said Currica had a very good first day, including a personal best in the 110-meter hurdles (14.92), but there is always room for improvement.

“Now [we are] taking care of some technical stuff,” Herber said. “[We are focusing on] day two with the disc, the javelin and vault, just to clean some stuff up.”

In the 110-meter hurdles, junior Troy Walls finished ninth with a time of 15.73 seconds and redshirt freshman Matt Harmeyer finished 16th with a time of 16.69 seconds.

Currica also was fighting another battle, besides the one on the track, because of an injury he sustained during the indoor season that, Herber said, might have hindered him somewhat.

“Also with Jamal, he had a sports hernia during the indoor season, so he’s really been training for [only] about five weeks,” Herber said. “He’s still dealing with a lot there.”

Two Cyclones also claimed first place in one event each. On day one, Walls tied for first in the high jump with Colorado’s Jason DeWitt. The two finished at the height of 6-7 1/2. Currica and Harmeyer claimed personal best marks in the high jump with 6-5 for Currica and 6-0 1/2 for Harmeyer.

The Cyclones would follow up on day two claiming first place in another event, this time from Harmeyer. In the last event of day two, Harmeyer claimed first place in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:29.40 finishing the competition in 14th place and 5,218 points.

The ISU track-and-field teams will make a third consecutive trip out west next weekend as part of the team will go to the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. The remaining competitors will travel to Arizona once more for the Sun Angel Track Classic in Tempe, Ariz. Both competitions will be Friday and Saturday.