NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Becoming the first Eagle to ever compete in a decathlon, Cayd Wortman set a new milestone at Southern Connecticut State University, as he also became the first track & field student athlete to qualify for the New England Division III Championship in the decathlon. The sophomore accumulated 5,700 points to earn ninth place out of 20 competitors from all three division levels at the Northeast Combined Events Challenge. He posted the third best overall performance out of DIII participants and is now ranked 15th in the country after his first go at the ten-event challenge.
After day one of competition starting with five events on April 11th, Wortman finished right in the middle of the pack at tenth. He posted his best score in long jump, sailing over 6.46 meters into the dirt for the second-best jump in HU history. He opened up Friday competition on a strong note with an 11.61-second 100-meter dash for a new personal best time and ninth in the event. The sophomore also excelled over in high jump taking sixth place as he cleared 1.80 meters to tie his best career height which ranks fourth in school history.
Before taking on high jump, Wortman tossed the shot put 10.17 meters (13th), and then finished out the day back on the track in the 400-meter dash. He sprinted to a new personal record time of 53.42 seconds which was good enough to bump off the second-best time in HU records and take 11th at the meet.
Wortman opened up Friday competition with one of his favorite events, the 110-meter hurdles. Taking the hurdles in stride, he posted a clear second place finish with a time of 15.85 seconds to kick off the day. Continuing onto discus, he tossed it 23.75 meters for 16th before rocking the pole vault as he cleared 3.75 meters for a new outdoor PR and the third best height in program history.
In the final field event of the decathlon, the sophomore threw the javelin 34.22 meters and officially closed out the day on the track as he paced himself 1500 meters for a time of 5:11.81.
Wortman will rest up on his travels back home to Maine with the Sunshine Classic at Tufts University just a week away on Saturday, April 20th.