Event: Decathlon, Heptathlon
PR: Decathlon – 8,198 (2013); Heptathlon – 6232i (2013)
Current Residence: Edmond, Okla.
Hometown: Edmond, Okla.
High School: Santa Fe High School
2013 USA Outdoor runner-up (8198)
2013 USA Indoor champion (6232)
World Junior Championships gold medalist (8018)
Awards and Honors
American Junior record decathlon holder (8018)
2011 National Gatorade Track & Field Athlete of the Year
In dramatic fashion at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Gunnar Nixon set the American junior record in the decathlon in winning the gold medal at 8,018 points. It was the first ever American medal in the event at the World Junior Championships. Nixon is the youngest of a strong group of American men in the multi-events that include world record holder and Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton and world champion Trey Hardee. A trip to Moscow for the World Outdoor Championships comes at the end of a strong season for Nixon that has included a USA Indoor title and USA Outdoor runner-up finish all at just 20 years of age.
2013: 3rd at Gotzis (8136); USA Outdoor decathlon runner-up (8198); USA Indoor heptathlon champion (6232)
2012: USA Junior champion (7760); World Junior Championships gold medalist (8018); 1st at Fayetteville Razorback Invitational heptathlon (6022); SEC Indoor runner-up (5841); 8th at NCAA Indoors (5859)
2011: USA Junior runner-up (7748); Pan American Junior runner-up (7,669); 1st at Arcadia Invitational (7036); 1st at Albuquerque Great Southwest Classic (8035)
2010: 1st at Aracdia Invitational (7573); 3rd at USA Junior Championships (7137)
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Indoor bests – heptathlon, 6022 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 9 in the world); Outdoor bests – decathlon, 7892
2011: Outdoor bests – decathlon, 7577
2010: Outdoor bests – decathlon, 7573