March 10, 2012
NAMPA, Idaho --- Georgia senior Cory Holman broke his own school record in the heptathlon with an All-America finish at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho, on Saturday.
Holman's sixth-place finish with a school record 5,873 points marks the most points scored by a competitor with that finish in NCAA history. In fact, other than the sixth-place total of 5,831 in 2011, the next highest sixth-place total is 5,676 (2010, 2008).
This two-day total topped Holman's previous school record of 5,825 set while taking third at the Southeastern Conference Championships two weeks ago.
During the seventh and final event of the competition, Holman clocked a season-best 2:45.08 to finish sixth in the 1000-meter run, which was the second-fastest time of his career. His 818 points in the event enabled Holman to post an All-America finish for the Bulldogs, marking the first Georgia team member expected to earn the honor in this event in school history.
The pole vault, which is the heptathlon's sixth event, brought a change of landscape to the heptathlon field. The day one leader, Florida's Gray Horn, was injured during warm-ups and dropped out while Boise State's Kurt Felix, who was in fifth overall, no heighted in the event. In addition, two competitors in the lower half of the field dropped out with injuries.
Holman reacted by recording a monstrous personal best in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 14 feet, 9 inches for 12th place after having a previous career-best mark of 14-1.25. He went over the bar at six different heights, including two that were personal bests. Holman scored 760 points thanks to his performance and moved into fifth place overall.
Holman surged into fourth place in the heptathlon following four events after scoring 3,311 points, which equals his day one personal best set at the SEC Championships.
The Huber Heights, Ohio, native opened day by running his second fastest 60 hurdles time (7.99) of the season and third-fastest time of his career. This finish gave Holman second in his heat and third overall for 984 points.
His finish in the 60 hurdles moved him into third place after five events with 4,295 points.
Full results and a recap from the entire NCAA meet will be located at georgiadogs.com following the completion of all the events.