BATON ROUGE, May 13 – Kyle Garland, hailing from Philadelphia, Pa., displayed exceptional dominance over the two-day competition at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium, securing his second career SEC title in the outdoor combined events.
Garland’s triumph in the decathlon earned him a remarkable total of 8,589 points, ranking him second in collegiate history, only behind his own collegiate record of 8,720 points achieved during the 2022 USATF Championships.
In a post-race interview, Garland expressed his long-term aspiration to become the world’s top decathlon performer.
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Friday’s final score not only established Garland as the victor but also shattered the former meet record of 8,539 points set by Texas A&M’s Lindon Victor in 2017. The reigning champion achieved two personal bests on the second day of the decathlon, including setting a meet record in the 110-meter hurdles.
Joining an illustrious lineage of Bulldog athletes, Garland becomes the eighth representative of his university to claim the SEC decathlon crown, following in the footsteps of Johannes Erm who claimed the top spot on the podium in 2022.
In a separate standout performance, Marcus Weaver of Arkansas secured second place in the SEC Outdoor Championships Decathlon with a score of 7,910 points. Peyton Bair of Miss State claimed the bronze medal with a total of 7,903 points.
John Murray of Auburn earned fourth place with a total of 7,760 points, closely followed by Arkansas’ Daniel Spejcher in fifth place with 7,627 points.