McGill takes Top 2 Spots at Decathlon

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.