COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Tim Tillman broke his own school record in the decathlon en route to a first-place finish to lead the Franklin & Marshall men's track & field team on day two of the Centennial Conference (CC) Championships on Saturday at Ursinus. The Diplomats are in sixth place with a total of 23 points.
Johns Hopkins leads the team scoring with 76 points, with Haverford close behind in second with 73 points. Dickinson sits in third with 51.
Tillman tallied 5,865 points to grab gold in the decathlon, edging McDaniel's Jake Nichols by 41 points. The senior completed the final half of the event on Saturday, delivering another strong performance after an impressive Friday. He took first in the 1500 meters (4:38.64), second in both the 100 meter hurdles (16.78) and discus (102'-02"), while also placing fifth in the pole vault (10'04.00") and javelin (125'-02"). Tillman broke his own school record along the way, besting the mark he set earlier this spring by nearly 400 points to add 10 points to F&M's total.
Steve Barna and Vincent Acosta earned points for the Diplomats with a pair of top-five finishes in the discus. Barna nabbed third with a throw of 130'-06" to secure six points, while Acosta took fifth at 128'-11" to earn four points.
Tillman, Angelo Arce and Kevin Hines also registered eighth-place finishes on the day to tally a point for the Diplomats. Tillman secured eighth in the long jump at 20'-08.50", Arce came in at 9:53.01 in the 3000 meter steeplechase, and Hines completed the high jump at 5'-03.75".
A pair of Diplomats advanced to Sunday's finals in both the 800 meters and 400 meter hurdles after Saturday's preliminary races. Luk Olenginski (6th/1:54.03) and Greg Olenginski (7th/1:56.58) moved on in the 800, while Mike Dohrmann (3rd/58.30) and Brian Rivera (4th/58.32) advanced in the 400 hurdles.
The Diplomats return to action tomorrow for the final day of the CC Championships. The javelin throw will start things off at 11:00 am.