AUSTIN, Texas— Head coach Jim VanHootegem said that he was looking to see people get better and grow each week. He also hoped that his Sooners avoided injuries. Steven Jazdyk took that message to heart as seen by his record-setting performance in the decathlon on day one of the 90th annual Texas Relays. Unfortunately, he was injured late in the first day’s five events and will be unable to finish the final five events on Thursday.
After recording three PRs last week at the Bobby Lane Invitational in the long jump, shot put and 110-meter hurdles, Jazdyk rewrote two of those PRs on Wednesday. In the second event of the decathlon, he improved on his mark in the long jump with a 22-5.25 attempt. In the next event, he surpassed his best throw from last week in the shot put to 39-11.25 in the third round.
Prior to this meet, his PRs in a decathlon were 20-10.00 in the long jump and 38-2.25 for the shot put.
He started the day with a time of 10.95 in the 100-meter dash to earn 872 points. His PR in the long jump added 776 points and his shot put result added 617 points. In the fourth event of the day, the high jump, he cleared 5-10.50 for 619 points. Jazdyk was unable to start the 400-meter dash, leaving him in 19th place with 2,884 points through five events.
Makayla Stephens, who competes in the hepthalon, joined her Sooner teammate in the multi-event competitionin. Stephens opened with a time of 14.45 in the 100-meter hurdles for 916 points. In the high jump, she added 818 points with a height of 5-5.75. In the third event of the day, the shot put, she earned 614 points with her third round attempt of 37-0.25. Stephens ran a time of 25.66 in the 200-meter dash for 827 points to close out the day’s events. She finished the first day of competition sitting in 17th place (13th among college competitors) with 3,175 points.
While the decathlon continues on Thursday, it will contine without Jazdyk because of the injury. Stephens has three events remaining in the heptathlon. Action will begin at 11 a.m. with the long jump. That will be followed by the javelin and the 800-meter run.
In addition to the conclusion of the multi-event competition, events on the track and in the field will start on Thursday. Field events scheduled for Thursday include the prelims and finals of the men’s and women’s hammer, men’s pole vault and javelin as well as the preliminary rounds of the men’s and women’s 400-meter hurdles, men’s and women’s 1500-meter run, men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase and the women’s 5,000-meter run.
Live results can be accessed at PT Timing. A recap will be posted at the conclusion of the day on Soonersports.com with updates throughout the day on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (OU_Track)....