South River's Jason Fullmer, the Anne Arundel County Sun's 1992 Male Track Athlete of the Year, overcame an ankle injury to place third overall after the second day of the Amateur Athletic Union regional meet in Ambler, Pa., Friday.
Fullmer, the defending Class 3A state champion in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, trailed Quakertown, Pa.'s champion Kevin Kelly (6,228 points) and Bensalem, Pa.'s runner-up Walt Seely (5,917), finishing with 5,845 points.
Fullmer's effort qualified him for the Aug. 2-3 nationals in Rochester, Minn.
Competing in only his second-ever decathlon, Fullmer won three of the first five events on Thursday and finished second in another to enter Friday's action in first place with 3,270 points compared to 3,133 for Kelly.
He had won the 100 meters (11.1 seconds), high jump (6-feet-2), and the 400 run (51.8), placed second in the long jump (20-1 1/2 ) and took fourth in the shot put (30-10).
On Friday, however, the 6-foot-6, 170-pounder failed to win a single event, including a runner-up showing in his marquee event -- the 110 hurdles -- where Kelly's effort (14.2 seconds) surprised Fullmer (14.6) for the victory.
Fullmer then finished fourth in the discus with a toss of 82 feet, 10 inches, injuring his left ankle in the process. The injury affected his pole vault performance (9-4), where he also placed fourth.
Fullmer, a defending county and regional champion in the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles, also was third in the 1,500 meters (4:39.5) and fourth in the javelin (113.6 inches).
Jason had won both the 110 hurdles and the 100 meter run a week earlier to place fourth in the National Youth Athletic Championships at Auburn University, Alabama.