McGill Toolen has something to celebrate as they drive home tonight from Hoover High School. Two of their boys broke the all-time Alabama Decathlon record.
Chris Taylor finished 2nd last year in the state Decathlon but he would not be runner up this year. Taylor was in 3rd after the first day of competition but would truly shine on the second day of events. By the end of the meet Taylor and teammate Sean Collins would break the all-time Decathlon points record set in 2011 held by Coren Crompton (Hewitt-Trussville HS). Taylor finished the 2nd day with a record setting 6160 points with Collins trailing in 2nd with 6103.
Stanhope Elmore's John Waarvik excelled in several events on Day 1 and led the meet at the conclusion of Monday. He finished in 3rd place overall.
Rounding out the top 5 was Ryan Sullivan (Falkville) and Drew Williams (Mountain Brook).
Men Decathlon ================================================================================ State Record: R 6887 1996 Keith Nicholson, Leeds HS Name Year School Seed Finals Points ================================================================================ 1 Chris Taylor McGill-Toole 5339 6160 2 Sean Collins McGill-Toole 6103 3 Jon Waarvik Stanhope Elm 5209 5990 4 Ryan Sullivan Falkville 5242 5 Drew Williams Mountain Bro 4224 5236 6 Mohamed Eljack Auburn 4046 5225 7 Hayden Williams Auburn 4937 5201 8 Timothy McCloud Auburn 4372 5166 9 Christian Brandt Auburn 5108 10 William Chandler Wilson High 5041
Chris Taylor and Sean Collins have both signed with the University of South Alabama. McGill has become a bit of a pipeline for USA vaulters. 2002 McGill graduate Thomas Fowlkes (All-Time AL #3 PV) and most recently Nick Farrell (2010 - All-Time AL #2) signed and vaulted at South Alabama. Collins is currently All-Time AL #1 and Taylor is All-Time AL #5.