Oregon's Eaton breaks heptathlon world record at NCAA's


Vicky Oddi
Communications Coordinator
USA Track & Field

Ashton EAtonDOHA, Qatar - University of Oregon senior Ashton Eaton set a world record on his way to winning his second-consecutive NCAA title Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.

Eaton beat 1996 Olympic gold medalist Dan O'Brien's world record when he scored 6,499 points over two days this weekend. O'Brien's previous record of 6,476 was set back in 1993 when Eaton was just five years old.

In seven events over two days, Eaton had five personal bests: 60m (6.71), 60mH (7.86), high jump (2.11m/6-11), long jump (7.73m/25-4.5) and 1,000m (2:23.67). He also had marks of 13.12m/43-0.5 in the shot put and 5.10m/16-8.75 in the pole vault.

For more information on Ashton Eaton and complete results from the 2010 NCAA Indoor championships, visit http://www.usatf.org/athletes/bios/Easton_Ashton.asp or www.ncaa.com.