Tyler Adams capped off a record breaking weekend with a historic performance in the Heptathlon at the NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championships.
Adams posted a school-record 6,081 points to take third place and become the first Sam Houston State athlete to medal at an NCAA Championship event.
“I didn’t even know it was our first medal at the national meet,” Adams said. “I can’t complain with the outcome. I gave it my all and thought I might have a chance to sneak in and get that second spot, missed it by 9 points, but in all it was a great day.”
Adams, who entered the day in third overall, got the day started off right in the 60-meter hurdles. He ran a personal record time of 5.97 to win the event.
Adams then finished 7th in the pole vault with a 14-feet, 11 ½ inches. Adams had three attempts at a person best mark of 15-3 1/2 just missing on his last vault. The mark was good enough to give him a firm grip on third place heading into the final event.
“Going into the day today in third, I was hoping for a solid hurdle race and I was able to achieve that,” Adams said. “I was hoping for a PR in the pole vault and we came close to that, and I just came into the 1,000 and gave it my all.”
In the final event of the competition, the 1,000-meters, Adams got out on the lead pack early in the race and never let up. He ended up taking second in the event to secure the bronze medal.
“At first I was going to go for a 2:40 mark, but I knew if I didn’t run fast enough some people could sneak in and knock me down,” Adams said. “So I just ran with the pack and then tried to kick it in for the final 400.”
The Heptathlon wasn’t the only event of the day for Adams. Before the start of the 1,000-meters, Adams started competition in the high jump. He cleared the first to heights before having to leave to run the final event of the Heptathlon.
After running a PR in the 1,000, Adams missed on his next three jumps in the high jump to finish 10th overall and earn second team All-American recognition.
On the opening day of competition, Adams’ leap of 7-feet, 2 ½ inches in the high jump was enough to win the event and set a new NCAA record for the Heptathlon.
Adams opened the day on Friday 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. He closed the day with the record leap in the high jump, moving him to third to close out Day 1.