Keys, Kemp in top 8 of Texas Relays decathlon

AUSTIN, Texas - Dakotah Keys stood sixth and Blake Kemp eighth following the first day of the decathlon at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Curtis Beach of Duke led the competition with 4,219 points. Keys tallied 3,868 on day one, while Kemp had 3,767.

Keys, the defending Pac-12 decathlon champion, ran 11.24 in the 100 meters and just missed a PR in the long jump with a best leap of 23-8.75/7.23m. That was the second best long jump of the competition.

Following a toss of 40-7.75/12.39m in the shot put, the sophomore from Sweet Home, Ore., cleared 6-6.25/1.99m in the high jump, which was the third best clearance on a windy afternoon at Mike A Myers Stadium.

Keys wrapped day one by running 51.04 in the 400 meters.

Kemp, a redshirt freshman from Coos Bay, Ore., competing in his first decathlon, set personal bests in three events.

He opened the competition with a time of 11.01 in the 100 meters and then jumped 22-6.5/6.87m in the long jump. Both were personal bests.

He followed that with a throw of 42-1.25/12.83m in the shot put and a clearance at 6-2.75/1.90m in the high jump.

Kemp then recorded his third lifetime best of the day by running 41.31 in the 400 meters.

The Texas Relays decathlon concludes on Thursday.