Becomes Second USM Athlete to Surpass the 6,000-Point Barrier
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- University of Southern Maine junior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) established a new personal best in the decathlon on Friday finishing the grueling two-day, 10-event test of endurance with 6,143 points to place fourth among the competitors at the Northeast Combined Events Challenge hosted at Southern Connecticut State University.
Seventh after the first day of competition with 3,336 points, Moody moved up in the standings to be the top NCAA Division III finisher. At press time, Moody's point total moves him into sixth place on the national Division III performance list, and the top spot in the New England region.
Moody eclipsed his previous career best score of 5,828 points compiled at the New England Division III Championships on May 2016. Moody joins school record holder and two-time All-American James Spaulding (6,679 points) as the only USM athletes to surpass the 6,000-point barrier in the decathlon.
In second-day events, Moody had a personal best result in the pole vault clearing 4.15 meters (13-7¼), and an excellent time of 4:46.96 in the final event, the 1500 meters. Moody opened the meet on Thursday running a time of 11.27 in the 100-meter dash, and followed that with a mark of 6.56 (21-6¼) in the long jump. He finished the first day's five events with a time of 51.62 in the 400 meters.
Southern Maine will travel to Manchester, N.H., tomorrow (Saturday, April 13) to compete in the Penmen Relays at Southern New Hampshire University.