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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Maydew now an All-American

  • Payson Maydew capped off an outstanding freshman campaign for the Emporia State Hornets earning All-American status by finishing 6th in the decathlon at the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field national championships held in Pueblo, CO May 23-25.
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  • Payson Maydew capped off an outstanding freshman campaign for the Emporia State Hornets earning All-American status by finishing 6th in the decathlon at the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field national championships held in Pueblo, CO May 23-25.  
    As the only freshman to qualify for the 16 man field, the 14th seeded Maydew got off to a slow start as the competition began on Thursday morning.
     An average 100 meter performance, was followed up with a subpar long jump mark and an uncharacteristically poor shot put result, consequently Maydew found himself in 15th place after the first three events.   
    Blame could have been placed on the magnitude of the stage, or the toll of competing in his third decathlon in four weeks, but instead Maydew responded in a positive way.  
     A strong performance in the high jump, and a career best in the 400 meter helped move him up to 12th place by the end of the first day.
    Maydew started the second day with a career best in the 110 hurdles, and a strong performance in the discus.  
    Then came the breakout performance of the competition.  A clearance of 14' 1.25" in the pole vault was an improvement of 10 inches from his previous best.  It also vaulted him up the standings as he stood in 8th place with two events to go.  
    An average performance in the javelin moved him back down into 11th place with only the 1500 meter remaining.  Only 180 points separated spots 6 through 11.  
    Maydew responded with his highest placing in an individual event, finishing third and moving up five places to finish in the 6th spot on the podium.  His total of 6,809 points was a personal best.

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