Bend’s Mitch Modin finished in the top two in the final two events on Friday to propel himself to victory in the young men’s decathlon at the USATF Region 13 Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships at Summit High School in Bend. Scoring 6,341 points in just his second decathlon, he qualified for the USATF National Junior Olympic Outdoor Track & Field Championships, scheduled for July 23-29 in Baltimore.
A senior-to-be at Bend’s Mountain View High School, Modin entered Friday’s competition with a 209-point lead over Timmy Johnson of the Willamette Striders Track Club after finishing in the top three in all of the decathlon’s first five events on Thursday. But Modin, competing for the Central Oregon Track Klub, lost that advantage after the first three events of the second day - the 110-meter hurdles, discus throw and pole vault - and trailed Johnson 5,191 to 5,154 heading into the penultimate event of the competition.
A toss of 151 feet, 5 inches in the javelin was good for second place for Modin, who then won the 1,500 meters by almost seven seconds in 4 minutes, 43.98 seconds. He defeated Johnson, the overall runner-up, by 115 points. Redmond Oregon Running Klub’s Cody Simpson was eighth with 5,042 points.
The regional meet continues today, starting with the 1,500-meter racewalk for the bantam and midget boys and girls divisions. Field events begin at 8:30 a.m. The four-day event is expected to draw hundreds of participants, primarily from Oregon and Washington, and concludes on Sunday.
For Modin and Simpson’s results, see Scoreboard, D2.
-Bulletin staff repor