By Robert McKinney, Assistant Athletics Director, Communications
SALEM, Ore. -- Willamette University's Keaton Beckmann (Fr., Salem, OR/Sprague HS) has been selected as the Northwest Conference Men's Field Student-Athlete of the Week for his efforts in the decathlon on March 13-14 during the Willamette vs. Corban Dual. Beckmann won the decathlon with an overall score of 6,184 points to lead NCAA Division III this season.
He won the decathlon by 313 points. Reagan Shira from Corban University took second place with 5,871 points. Brian Peck (So., Reno, NV/Reno HS) of Willamette was third with a personal record of 5,675 points.
Beckmann's top score was 832 points for a time of 11.13 seconds in the 100-meter dash. In addition to the 100-meter dash, his results were a long jump of 21' 8", a shot put of 34' 4", a high jump of 5' 8 .75", the 400-meter dash in 50.33 seconds, the 110-meter hurdles in 16.47 seconds, a discus throw of 89' 2.25", a pole vault of 10' 11", a javelin throw of 172' 9", and a 1,500-meter run time of 4:56.87. He scored at least 575 points in seven events, with more than 625 points in five events, and over 700 points in three events.
Beckmann earned NWC qualifying marks in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, plus the 110-meter hurdles, javelin throw, long jump and the decathlon. It was his first collegiate decathlon competition, but his overall score was only 99 points away from 10th place on Willamette's all-time list.
It was the second time that Beckmann has been chosen as the NWC Men's Field Student-Athlete of the Week. He also received the honor last week after taking second place in the long jump with a distance of 22' 9" at the Chico State Invitational on March 10.
The Bearcat track and field teams will be hosting the Willamette Invitational on Saturday, March 24. Action is set to begin with field events at 9:30 a.m. (PDT). The running events at Charles Bowles Track are scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m.