GULF SHORES, Ala. — University of Rio Grande freshman Nikola Andjelic remains in the hunt for an All-American finish in the men’s decathlon following the opening day of the 65th Annual NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.
Andjelic, a native of Split, Croatia, sits in eighth place with 3,297 points after the completion of five events in the 10-event competition.
Andjelic is 16 points in front of Central Methodist University’s Drew Gandy for what would be the last of the eight positions which will earn All-American status.
Kale Wolken of Doane (Neb.) College leads the competition after day one with 4,003 points.
Andjelic finished sixth in the 100-meter dash (11.35), ninth in both the shot put (10.81m) and long jump (6.36m) and was 11th in both the 400-meter dash (53.29) and high jump (1.82).
The final five events in the competition – the 110-meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run – will get underway Friday at 11 a.m. EDT.
Also in action for Rio Grande on Friday will be sophomore Alex Presley in the discus throw. The event is scheduled for a 6 p.m. EDT start.
Presley, a native of Zanesville, Ohio, qualified with a heave of 50.09m – 15th-best among the 28 participants.
Stretch Internet, the NAIA’s official video-streaming company of NAIA national championship events, will be broadcasting the events on www.NAIANetwork.com. A subscription package to view the entire three-day event is $14.95.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.