Forum staff reports, Published May 10 2013
NDSU’s Jenson wins Summit League decathlonMUNCIE, Ind. – North Dakota State fifth-year senior Ryan Jenson, a former walk-on, became a Summit League champion Friday.
The Zimmerman, Minn., native won the Summit League decathlon with a personal-best 6,789 points.
“It’s a lot of work going into five years,” said Jenson, whose previous best finishes in Summit indoor and outdoor multi-event competitions were third, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth. “It’s pretty cool being a walk-on and finally taking first.”
NDSU’s Andy Lillejord, a junior from Jamestown, N.D., was the favorite to win the decathlon but had to withdraw after just one event due to a lingering injury.
Jenson ran the second-fastest 110-meter hurdles time of his career (15.77 seconds) to open the second day of the decathlon. He also posted top marks in the field in the discus, javelin and 1,500-meter run while posting a career-best pole vault clearance of 14 feet, 3.25 inches.