EUGENE, OR – University at Buffalo, State University of New York junior Mike Morgan's chance at becoming a three-time All-American fell just shy of fruition Thursday at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Oregon at Historic Hayward Field.
Morgan entered Thursday's decathlon competition sitting eighth in a field of 24 with 4,017 points. He raced to the 10th-best time in the day's first event, the 110-meter high hurdles. He clocked a 14.94 finish good for 857 points moving him into sixth place. Morgan went on to record a career-best toss of 42.64 meters in the discus, bettering his personal record by 2.96 meters, the fourth best in the field. He had tallied 5,592 points through seven events.
Thursday's third event, the pole vault, proved to be his last. He passed the opening four heights, but was unsuccessful in clearing the 4.70 meters at which he entered the competition. Morgan, a two-time All-American in the indoor heptathlon, holds the decathlon school record of 7,699 points. Additionally, he owns UB records in the indoor pole vault and multi.
His top performance Wednesday was a career-best long jump mark of 7.42 meters good for 915 points. Morgan added 850 points with a time of 11.05 in the 100 dash and 845 with a 49.34 finish in the 400. He threw the shot 12.99 meters for 667 points and cleared 1.93 meters in the high jump to earn 740 points.
On Wednesday, senior Jonathan Jones became UB's first Division I National Champion winning the shot put with a school-record mark of 20.78 meters. Junior Ryan Billian also represented the Blue & White on the west coast, racing to a 10.41 finish in the 100 dash.
Morgan's performance officially closes UB's historic 2014-15 seasons that featured three Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship Team Titles and Jones' national title.