Chris Gabor, a senior at St. Mary’s and a graduate of St. Joe’s Hammonton, scored a lifetime-best 6,792 points and won the decathlon at the 125th annual Penn Relays at Franklin Field.
Gabor went into Wednesday’s second day 180 points behind leader Ken Mullings of the University of the Bahamas but moved into the lead when Mullings no-heighted in the pole vault and finished with a 143-point margin of victory.
Going into the final event, the 1,500-meter run, Gabor led by 184 points and needed to finish within about 30 seconds of Mullings to record the overall win.
Mullings finished first in the 1,500 with a time of 4:56.61 to score 579 points, but Gabor was only seven seconds behind in 5:03.76 to score 538 points and wrap up the win.
Gabor, a native of Upper Township in Cape May County, had placed second at Penn the last two years — last year behind Mullings. Because the Northeast Conference championships don’t have a decathlon, this was Gabor’s final decathlon as a student athlete at the Emmittsburg, Md., school.
Gabor’s previous-best decathlon score was 6,660 at the Sam Adams Combined Event Invitational at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., earlier this month.
For a look at Gabor’s event-by-event performance on Tuesday, click here.
Here’s how things went for him on Wednesday:
110-METER HURDLES: Gabor ran a personal-best 15.82 over the 42-inch barriers for 753 points. His previous PR was 15.86 at the Sam Adams meet earlier this month.
DISCUS: Gabor threw 104-10 for 503 points, the fewest points he scored in any of the top 10 events.
POLE VAULT: Gabor cleared 14-5 1/4, by far the best clearance of any of the competitors. That earned him 731 points.
JAVELIN: Gabor scored 622 points with a solid 171-5 throw in the javelin.
1,500-METER RUN: As mentioned above, Gabor finished with a 5:03.76 to clinch the title.
For complete event-by-event scoring, click here.