History was made at College Heights Stadium Sunday in a big way.
Recent Kennesaw State University graduate Jordan Gray set the American record in the Women’s Decathlon National Championship Sunday at the College of San Mateo. The 23-year-old Ball Ground, Georgia native scored 7,921 points, the most ever by an American and third most in world history for a women’s decathlon that has now been officially recognized by the IAAF for 15 years.
Gray fell just shy of a world record in the 100-meter dash, recording a time of 12.16 seconds. Germany’s Mona Steigauf holds the world’s top time of 12.15 seconds, set in 1997.
In the field events, Gray shined with a long jump distance of 20 feet, 3 1/2 inches, matching the decathlon record in the event set by France’s Marie Collonville in 2004. Gray also recorded a personal record in the pole vault with a top height of 12-2.
Gray recently placed seventh in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Texas, which finished June 8. She previously earned All-American honors in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Track Championships.
Two women’s decathlon competitors have scored better on the world stage. Austra Skujyte of Lithuania set the world record of 8,358 in 2005. The previous American record of 7,577 points was set by Tiffany Lott-Hogan in 2,000.