AZUSA, Calif. – A season removed from a fourth-place finish at the ACC Outdoor Championships in the decathlon, Florida State junior Newberg is eager to build on his career-best 7,113-point performance last May at Georgia Tech.
The Tampa, Fla. native gets his first chance to measure his progress beginning this afternoon against a star-studded field at the Bryan Clay Invitational. The two-day, 10-event competition honors its namesake, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist from the United States, who starred at host Azusa Pacific University.
Newberg is among 26 Seminoles who made the trip to the Los Angeles area to compete over the next four days at either the Bryan Clay Invitational or the Mt. SAC Relays, which will be contested at El Camino Community College.
One of 27 decathletes in the afternoon session, Newberg begins competition with the 100-meter dash today at 3:30 p.m. (ET). He will be facing a field which includes post-collegians like 2016 Olympian Zach Ziemek and current NCAA standouts Harrison Williams (Stanford) and Wolf Mahler (Texas). Also entered are three likely ACC decathlon contenders in Miami’s Andreas Christodoulou and Duke’s Jacob Sabota and Christian Friis.
In addition to the 100-meter dash, the five-event, opening day schedule includes the long jump, shot put, high jump and 400-meter dash. The competition continues Thursday at 4 p.m. (ET) with the 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500-meter run.
Athletes are awarded performance-based points in each event, based on the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) scoring table which progressively awards higher point values for faster times and further distances in each of the events.
Over his first two seasons as a multi-event athlete with the Noles, Newberg has shown marked improvement. His 2017 ACC Championships decathlon performance including a career-best Day 1 total of 3,845 points as he recorded then personal-bests in the 100-meter dash (10.73), long jump (7.13 meters/23-4.75), shot put (12.24m/40-2), high jump (1.99m/6-6.25) and 400-meter dash (53.44).
He carried that momentum into Day 2 and rode it to a fourth-place finish, and his two-day total of 7,113 points ranks fifth in FSU history. Former All-Americans Gonzalo Barroilhet (8,065 points) and Rohn Stark (7,612) occupy the top two spots on the Noles’ all-time list.
Newberg is coming off a third-place finish at the ACC Indoor Championships in the heptathlon, a seven-event competition, which produced a career-best 5,291 points. That mark ranks No. 3 all-time among Noles.
Florida State’s competition schedule picks up pace Thursday. In addition to the conclusion of the decathlon at the Bryan Clay Invitational, Althea Hewitt will make her 3000-meter steeplechase debut, while David Barney, Michael Callegari and Toby Hardwick will compete in the men’s 5000-meter run, with Addi Coggins racing in the women’s 5000. At the Mt. SAC Relays, Stanley Linton and Steven Cross will compete in evening sessions of the 10,000-meter run.
You can follow the Noles live throughout the week in California via Twitter @FSU_Track, and also track Newberg’s live results at http://finishedresults.trackscoreboard.com/#/results/meet/7806.