Chris Gabor, Mount St. Mary’s senior from St. Joe’s Hammonton, had a terrific first day in the decathlon at the 125th annual Penn Relays and goes into Day 2 only 180 points behind the leader.
Gabor, a native of Upper Township in Cape May County, scored 3,645 points on Day 1 and trails Ken Mullings of the University of the Bahamas, who scored 3,825.
Let’s take a look at Gabor’s Tuesday afternoon at Franklin Field:
100-METER DASH: Gabor posted the fastest 100 time, earning 810 points and matching his personal-best time.
LONG JUMP: Gabor’s 20-9 3/4 was second-best, behind Mullings’ wind-aided 22-5 and earned him 661 points.
SHOT PUT: Gabor came very close to his PR of 42-7 1/4 with a throw of 42-3 3/4. That was the best throw of the competition and earned him, oddly, another 661 points.
HIGH JUMP: Gabor cleared 6-0 for 653 points. Mullings scored 813 by clearning 6-7. Gabor has cleared 6-2 3/4.
400-METER DASH: Gabor finished with a big personal-best of 49.97, leading all competitors in the 400 and scoring 816 points. His previous PR in the 400 came at Penn in 2016, when he ran 50.51.
Action starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday with the 110-meter high hurdles. The competitors will also contest the discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run.
Gabor’s career-best decathlon score is 6,660 from the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., earlier this month.
Gabor was a New Jersey Parochial B state champion in the triple jump and 200 at St. Joe’s Hammonton and a state medalist in the 100.