HERMISTON — Southern Oregon sophomore Joseph Dotson stood in fourth place through the first five of 10 disciplines in the decathlon Thursday at the Cascade Collegiate Conference Multi-Event Championships.
Dotson scored 3,284 points as the 13 decathletes in attendance completed the 100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400 meters. Just 187 points behind leader Jason Bracken of Corban, Dotson is ahead of the first-day pace he set before finishing with 6,304 points on March 24 at American River, the second-highest score in the NAIA this season.
The product of Florence — who last year was the CCC runner-up and later became an All-American by finishing fifth at the NAIA Outdoor Championships — registered personal bests in the 100 meters (11.30) and the shot put (38 feet 8 ¼ inches), and a season-best in the high jump (5-10 ¾). He went 19-6 in the long jump and finished the 400 in 52.72 seconds.
Bracken also took a lead into Day 2 last year and finished third. College of Idaho freshman Kristopher Kostelecky is in second place with 3,360 points after hitting PRs in four events. Oregon Tech's Seth Gretz, the defending CCC champion competing in his first decathlon this season, is in third with 3,297.
The top-eight finishers will earn team points for the upcoming CCC Championships and the top-three will be considered all-conference. Friday's schedule includes the 100 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500.