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(Marion, Ind.) Mike Mahon got the CU Men's team off to a great start on the opening day of the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University. The freshman from Middleville, MI took seventh in the hammer throw to earn All-America honors.
Seeded seventh, Mahon's first attempt measured 177' 7 ½", adding seven inches to his freshman record set in April. In the second round, Mahon launched a 180' 8" effort putting him fourth in his flight and earning a spot in the finals. Seeded seventh in the finals, Michael added throws of 179' 5 ½" and 180' 3". "Mike did a great job of being patient at competing through all six rounds," said CU coach Rod Wortley. "He wanted to be All-American and went out and focused on executing technique and it got the result we hoped to see." Mahon finishes the season adding an astounding 42' 8" to the freshman record set in 2012.
Freshman, Deon Fox spent the day working his way through the first five events of the decathlon. His 11.79 in the 100 meters, 20' 8" effort in the long jump, personal best 31' 11.5" in the shot put, 6' ¾" clearance in the high jump and 54.85 for 400 meters earned him 3090 points, putting him thirteenth.
Ryan Versen finished fifth in his semi-final heat of the 400 meter hurdles and did not advance to Saturday's finals.
Spencer Perry was unable to compete in the javelin due to an elbow injury and Louis Falland was unable to run the 3000 meter steeplechase because of an ankle injury. "We brought both guys because they earned their spots here and hoped for the best, but not competing was the better choice," said Wortley.