SMU’s Durden is sixth halfway through decathlon at Saints-hosted event

Saint Martin’s University’s David Durden is in sixth place halfway through the men’s decathlon at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Combined Events Championships.

Durden, a junior, is one of six athletes competing in the two-day event hosted by SMU.

The field — which also includes three athletes from Central Washington University — competed in five events Monday.

Durden set a new personal best in the high jump (5 feet, 11  1/4 inches), and finished third in the event — his highest event finish of the day. He took fourth in the 100-meter dash (11.56 seconds), and sixth in the shot put (9.97 meters), long jump (5.97) and 400 (1:05.06).

He has 2,697 points. Alaska Anchorage’s Cody Thomas, the current leader, has 3,971.

“The decathlon is bar none a true indicator of what it takes to be courageous and tough,” SMU assistant coach Kyle Stevenson said. “Despite David not being at his best, he has shown an incredible amount of toughness throughout day one competing with an irritating hamstring injury.”

The final day of the decathlon begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday at SMU. Durden will compete in the 110 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500.

“As we move into day two, the goal is to give an honest effort in every event and move forward into the GNAC Championships being as healthy as we can be,” Stevenson said.


Shannon Porter (1,500 meters) and Kirby Neale (hammer throw) broke SMU records at the WWU Ralph Vernacchia Invitational track and field meet hosted by Western Washington University this past Saturday.

Porter bested her own record set earlier this season, posting a 4:29.82. She finished third in the event with her personal-best time.

Neale tossed a school-record 174-2 to finish fourth. Her personal-best throw beat the 2015 record set by Ami Wick by nearly 10 feet.

Both Porter’s and Neale’s scores are NCAA provisional marks.

“I was more concerned about moving up in conference,” Neale said. “Moving up in conference and the school record was my main focus. The national provisional mark was a bonus.”

The Saints travel to Monmouth, Oregon, on May 13 for the GNAC Championships.


The Evergreen State College’s Irene Moore broke her own school record in the 100 hurdles this past Saturday at the Mt. Hood Track Festival in Gresham, Oregon. She placed second in the event with a personal-best time of 15.79 — her previous record was 16.06.

Moore also won the 400 hurdles in 1:05.10.