Photo Courtesy: UA Athletics (Walt Beazley)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - After five events, University of Arkansas senior Matt Kirbos is in fifth place at the John McDonnell Combined Events in Fayetteville.
Kirbos has 3,644 points at the end of day one and leads a trio of Razorbacks in the overall standings. He is joined by teammates Nathanael Franks in seventh place and Julius Sommer in eighth. This marks the first decathlon of the season for Arkansas.
Kirbos began his day with a pair of third-place finishes at 100 meters and in the long jump, respectively. He opened the day with a wind-aided time of 10.97, the first sub-11 effort of his career. He followed it up with a mark of 7.06m/23-2 in the long jump. In the shot put, Kirbos had a personal best of 12.72m/41-8.75 to add 650 points to his total. All three of his throws during the shot put were beyond his previous best of 39-0.5.
The Razorback senior capped his day with a time of 53.64 in the 400 meters. The time is the third fastest of his collegiate career. This week's decathlon is Kirbos' first since he finished in seventh place at the 10-event competition at the 2011 SEC Championships in Athens, Ga.
At the end of day one, Franks sits in seventh place overall with 3,017 points. After respective fifth- and sixth-place finishes at 100 meters and in the long jump, he had a runner-up event effort in the shot put with a day's best of 13.79m/45-3. Franks added 723 points with a third-place finish in the high jump with a final clearance of 1.91m/6-3.75. After crossing first in the 400 meters, he was later disqualified to drop him into seventh.
In his first collegiate decathlon, Sommer is eighth overall with 2,855 points despite a no-mark result in the long jump. He had high placing of sixth in the 100 meters (11.07) and high jump (1.85m/6-0.75). Sommer also had marks of 12.61m/41-4.5 in the shot put and 52.63 at 400 meters, finishing seventh in both events.
Former Razorback All-American Terry Prentice, competing unattached, leads the decathlon after day one with a score of 4,235 points. He finished in first place in three-100 meters, long jump, high jump-of Sunday's five events.
Competition at the John McDonnell Combined Events continues Monday at 3 p.m. (CT) in Fayetteville. Day two of the decathlon will feature the remaining five events: in order, the 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500 meters. The Razorbacks will return to their home track next weekend for the John McDonnell Invitational, a scored event on Saturday.
Decathlon (Day 1)
5. Matt Kirbos - 3,644 points
3. 100 Meters - 10.97 (+3.0) [867 points]
3. Long Jump - 7.06m/23-2 (+6.6) 
6. Shot Put - 12.72m/41-8.75 
7. High Jump - 1.82m/5-11.5 
8. 400 Meters - 53.64 
7. Nathanael Franks - 3,017 points
5. 100 Meters - 11.06 (+3.0) [847 points]
6. Long Jump - 6.65m/21-10 (+3.1) 
2. Shot Put - 13.79m/45-3 
3. High Jump - 1.91m/6-3.75 
--. 400 Meters - DQ
8. Julius Sommer - 2,855 points
6. 100 Meters - 11.07 (+3.0) [845 points]
--. Long Jump - NM 
7. Shot Put - 12.61m/41-4.5 
6. High Jump - 1.85m/6-0.75 
7. 400 Meters - 52.63