DES MOINES, Iowa –- Former University of Oregon track stars Ashton Eaton, Matthew Centrowitz and Brianne Theisen each brought home individual national titles at the USA Track and Field National Championships this week.
Eaton, the current world record holder in the decathlon defended his title with a score of 8,291 points.
“It was a good two days,” said Eaton. “It was good to do another multi because it’s been since the (Olympic) Games. I feel pretty good about that. I have quite a bit of confidence. Obviously the high jump was very sub-par, the hurdles and the pole vault, and a lot of that stuff was very much ‘safety.’ If I can score 8,200 with those marks, I think at 100 percent, I’ll be OK.”
Centrowitz claimed the title in the 1,500m with a late surge, finishing with a time of 3:45.17.
“In my head I said, ‘Dominate the final’ and that’s what I set out to do, I didn’t really glance back,” said Centrowitz. “Definitely wanted to make a statement heading to Worlds. I’m in great shape, definitely looking forward to improving on my (Olympic) bronze medal.”
Theisen, a Canadian, brought home honors in her country for a score of 6,233 points in the heptathlon. It was her first national title in the event.