Bend's Mitch Modin clears 6 feet 1 inch while competing in the high jump portion of the decathlon during the Region 13 Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships at Summit High School earlier this month. Modin won that decathlon, and placed third at nationals on Tuesday.
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Bend's Modin third at nationals

 

 

 

Mitch Modin, who will be a senior at Bend's Mountain View High School this fall, placed third in the young men's division of the decathlon Tuesday at this year's USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Baltimore.

Competing in his third decathlon in seven weeks, Modin scored 6,294 points, finishing behind only the Illinois duo of Scott Filip (6,727 points) and George Wayda (6,405).

Modin, who was competing as a member of the Central Oregon Running Klub, was one of 25 athletes from across the country to take part in the decathlon at the national championships, which continue through Sunday. A sprinter and jumper for Mountain View's track program, Modin scored best in the 400 (50.65 seconds, 785 points), 100 (11.44, 765) and high jump (6 feet, 2 3⁄4 inches, 714).

“I'm loving the decathlon right now,” said Modin, who just took up the multi-event sport this summer. “There's always something to do.”

- Bulletin staff report