Ayden Owens Dominates NBNO Decathlon

Photo by Jeff Sides

North Allegheny's Ayden Owens put forth a dominating effort to take the win in the boys' decathlon in Greensboro, North Carolina for New Balance Nationals Outdoor.

Owens, a junior, scored 7,009 points to beat the next closest competitor by an incredible 530 points. That breaks the NBNO record set last year by Hayden Ashley from Oklahoma, who scored 6.933 points.

On Saturday, which was day one of the competition, Owens won the 100 meters (10.88), placed sixth in the long jump (21-6.25), placed fourth in the shot put (41-5.25), placed seventh in the high jump (6-0), and won the 400 meters (49.06).

Owens started on Sunday by winning arguably his best event---the 110 meter hurdles---in 13.94. He placed second in the discus throw (136-10), seventh in the pole vault (11-11.75), 12th in the javelin throw (131-7), and ninth in the 1,500 meters in 4:51.90.

It was a remarkable two days for Owens to take home the win. At the PIAA State Championships last month, Owens won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, while placing sixth in the long jump. He'll return next year for his season season at North Allegheny.

Leading up to NBNO, we talked with Owens about his decathlon preparations. Pennsylvania now has the two top decathletes in the nation between Owens and Germantown Academy's Kyle Garland.

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