Friday, June 8, 2007
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Norcross grad Jangy Addy finished third in the decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday.
The third place finish gives the Tennessee junior All-American honors.
Arizona's Jake Arnold won the event with 8,215 points, Wisconsin's Joe Detmer was second (7,963) and Addy finished with 7,808 points, which ranks seventh on Tennessee's all-time performance list in the event.
"Jangy had fantastic results," head coach Bill Webb said. "Based on the fact that he has a stomach injury, it is just amazing what he did. We haven't worked out in nearly a month and it's just amazing that he did so well."
Addy led the decathlon after seven events on Thursday, but a 23rd finish in the pole vault dropped the junior to second place after he cleared 12 feet, nine inches in the event.
Addy finished fourth in the javelin throw to stay in contention for the title with a throw of 192-7.
He trailed Arnold by 217 points after nine events heading into the 1,500.
The SEC champion in the outdoor decathlon ran five minutes, 5.72 seconds to finish 24th in the race, which dropped him to third in the overall standings.
Addy recorded a personal best first-day score on Wednesday with 4,211 points to lead the decathlon after five events.
The junior won the first three events, taking top honors in the 100, long jump, and shot put. Addy ran a season best 10.91 in the 100, a personal best in the long jump of 24 feet, 31⁄2 inches and earned a mark of 51-03⁄4 in the shot put.
He finished the day with season bests in the high jump (6-4) and 400 (49.12).