On the biggest stage, Tyler Adams performed his best. The senior from Buffalo, set a new NCAA Indoor Championship record in the Heptathlon high jump and currently stands in third place overall after the first day of competition.
Adams’ leap of 7-feet, 2 ½ inches was enough to win the event, and moved him from 11th to third overall after four events on Friday.
“It’s my senior year and I had to go for it all,” Adams said about his record jump. “I couldn’t back off any height and had to just do the best I could.”
Adams opened the day in the 60-meters and ran a personal-best time of 6.99 seconds. It was good for seventh among the other 16 competitors. In the long jump, Adams was once again seventh with a leap of 24-feet-2 ½. His mark of 39-9 ¼ was 14th best in the shot put, placing him 11th after three events.
“I was not expecting to be able to put up the numbers I have this year, the heights I’ve jumped, the distances I’ve jumped and the times that I’ve run,” Adams said. “But it’s all coming together at the right time and hopefully we can continue that tomorrow.”
There are three more events on Saturday, getting the day started with the 60-meter hurdles at noon. The pole vault will follow at 12:40 and the event wraps up with the 1,000-meter run at 4 p.m.
In addition to the Heptathlon, Adams is competing in the individual high jump on Saturday, where he received the 16th and final spot in the championship.