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By Mike Preston | June 17, 1995
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Dan O'Brien's assault on a decathlon world record was washed and blown away with the rains and strong winds Thursday night and early yesterday morning.The second coldest June 15 in more than a century here forced the cancellation of several preliminary events and stretched out the pole-vault section of the decathlon for 6 1/2 hours.The second day of the decathlon began Thursday afternoon at 3 and didn't end until 2:45 yesterday morning.O'Brien won the event with 8,682 points, the best score in the world this year and slightly off the world-record mark of 8,891 he scored in 1992.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2011
The University of Maryland took first place Saturday in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2011 with a solar-powered, energy-conserving WaterShed House that was inspired by the Chesapeake Bay. The design features a green roof that retains rainwater, solar panels that provide year-round power and a patent-pending indoor waterfall — key factors in an international competition that required the winning home to produce as much energy as...
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By Special to The Sun | June 5, 1994
BOISE, Idaho -- Mount St. Mary's Rob Pendergist placed second in the decathlon last night at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.Pendergist, who earned All-America honors for the second time in his career, finished with 7,837 points. Nevada-Reno's Enoch Bordzinski won with 7,870.The Mount graduate student entered the final event, the 1,500 meters, 98 points behind Bordzinski, meaning he had to better his rival by 16 seconds to win. Pendergist led most of the race before placing second in 4 minutes, 23.34 seconds.
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September 28, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Department of Energy says the University of Maryland's entry in its Solar Decathlon competition has taken first place for architecture. The overall winner will be announced Saturday in Washington. The competition pits university designed solar-powered homes against each other. The homes are on display this week on the National Mall's West Potomac Park. The competition involves 10 contests that gauge each house on factors including performance, livability and affordability.
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By Lem Satterfield | July 10, 1992
Until recently, Jason Fullmer considered himself a novice decathlete. Lately, however, he's been turning in efforts that are shocking people -- especially himself.In his first decathlon competition at Auburn (Ala.) University last weekend, the 6-foot-6 South River High senior placed fourth in The Athletic Conference's National Youth Athletic Championships, taking first place in the 110-meter hurdles and in the 100-meter dash.And after the first five events of the Amateur Athletic Union regional meet yesterday, Fullmer -- the defending Class 3A state champion in the 110 and 300 hurdles -- was leading the field with 3,270 points.
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By Elliott Denman and Elliott Denman,Special to The Sun | July 1, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. -- Ryan Olkowski wasn't kidding. The 28-year-old Calvert Hall and Penn State alumnus really had trained harder than ever before in preparation for the U.S. Olympic track and field trials and was ready for bigger and better things in the decathlon - most notably in the second-day field events, often his downfall in the past. Olkowski, once the Big Ten 200-meter dash and high jump champion, wound up 12th with 7,633 points - behind ex-world champion Bryan Clay's winning total of 8,832, the best by an American in 16 years.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | June 15, 1995
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Dan is no longer to be confused with Dave.Just ask Dave."Dan is doing so well, he's head and shoulders above everyone else right now," said Dave Johnson, a 1992 Olympic bronze medalist in the decathlon. "At any competition, he could set a world record. My job, basically, is to scare him into a world record. That's all any of us can do with him right now."Dan O'Brien has been on a mission since the million-dollar debacle on June 27, 1992, in New Orleans, where he missed the opening height in the pole vault of the U.S. trials and didn't make the Olympic team.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | June 28, 1992
NEW ORLEANS -- Dave and Aric and Rob?It doesn't exactly have the same ring as Dan and Dave, but it will have to do for the U.S. Olympic decathlon team.Yesterday, while Olympic gold-medal favorite Dan O'Brien flopped in the pole vault and sank to 11th, new stories and careers were fashioned.Dave Johnson established a second-day world record of 4,455 points to win with 8,649. Aric Long, a 22-year-old who attends the University of Tennessee, was second with 8,237 points. And Rob Muzzio, a George Mason University graduate with a history of injuries, took the third spot at 8,163.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 13, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- The most exclusive club in American sports is looking for a few new members.Bob Mathias, Milt Campbell, Rafer Johnson, Bill Toomey and Bruce Jenner are America's living Olympic decathlon champions, men who were once proclaimed the world's greatest athletes. But since 1976, the club has been closed, as America's modern-day decathletes fell far short of Olympic gold."We'd welcome a new kid on the block," Toomey said. "For this country to win another Olympic gold would be like regaining a mantle that has been long lost.
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By Elliott Denman and Elliott Denman,Special to the Sun | June 23, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ryan Olkowski's traveling bags are packed. But the Calvert Hall and Penn State graduate - an elite decathlete for the past six years - has no idea what his destination will be. Will it be the Pan American Games (July 13-29 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)? The USA-Germany decathlon challenge (date and site to be announced)? Or anywhere else he can track down a multi-event opportunity? Midway through the men's decathlon at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships yesterday in Indianapolis, the 27-year-old is fifth with a 4,066-point total, 28 points out of third place.
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By Julie Baughman, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2011
At a small construction site tucked between an ice skating rink and an office building, students, professors and contractors sing along to country music as they put the finishing touches on two small houses joined in the middle by a manmade wetland. The University of Maryland students are building WaterShed, the school's entry in the 2011 Solar Decathlon. They are competing against 19 other teams from around the world, including China and Australia. After months of construction and more than a year of design and planning, the house — powered entirely by solar energy, but with a focus on water conservation and reuse — is nearing completion.
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By Elliott Denman and Elliott Denman,Special to The Sun | July 1, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. -- Ryan Olkowski wasn't kidding. The 28-year-old Calvert Hall and Penn State alumnus really had trained harder than ever before in preparation for the U.S. Olympic track and field trials and was ready for bigger and better things in the decathlon - most notably in the second-day field events, often his downfall in the past. Olkowski, once the Big Ten 200-meter dash and high jump champion, wound up 12th with 7,633 points - behind ex-world champion Bryan Clay's winning total of 8,832, the best by an American in 16 years.
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By Elliott Denman and Elliott Denman,Special to the Sun | June 23, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ryan Olkowski's traveling bags are packed. But the Calvert Hall and Penn State graduate - an elite decathlete for the past six years - has no idea what his destination will be. Will it be the Pan American Games (July 13-29 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)? The USA-Germany decathlon challenge (date and site to be announced)? Or anywhere else he can track down a multi-event opportunity? Midway through the men's decathlon at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships yesterday in Indianapolis, the 27-year-old is fifth with a 4,066-point total, 28 points out of third place.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | April 13, 2005
Jason Allen just can't decide. At first, Allen, a track and field standout at Mount Hebron, says his favorite event is the 300-meter dash during the indoor season. "It's one of those events where you can sprint the entire way, and you don't have to hold back," he says. A few seconds later, Allen pulls a reversal and anoints the high jump as his preferred event. "It's more fun because it's a rush. Once you get over the bar, you're like, `Yes, I got it,'" he says. This past winter, the junior swept the high jump at the Class 3A-2A state, West regional and Howard County championships, captured the county long jump title, and competed in the 300 and 500 races en route to being named The Sun's county Performer of the Year.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 5, 2005
Baltimore native Ryan Olkowski is among the men trying to deny Paul Terek a third consecutive national indoor heptathlon title this weekend. They'll run, jump and throw today and tomorrow in Chapel Hill, N.C., where the women's pentathlon will be contested concurrently in the USA Indoor Combined Events Championships. Olkowski, a 1998 graduate of Calvert Hall who sprinted and jumped for Penn State before trying his first decathlon in 2003, has the nation's leading mark in indoor track's scaled-down version of the test that defines the "world's greatest athlete" at the Summer Olympics.
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By Jeff Seidel and Rich Scherr and Jeff Seidel and Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 27, 2005
Tim Wunderlich has done a little bit of everything for the North Carroll indoor and outdoor track and field teams during his varsity career. That was the case again in Monday's Class 3A-2A indoor state meet, where Wunderlich scored all 24 of the Panthers' team points, good for a tie with La Plata for fifth place. Wunderlich showed his athleticism by taking second in the high jump, third in both the shot put and pole vault, and fourth in the 55-meter hurdles. His versatility has been well-known throughout his North Carroll days.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | January 11, 2004
Sometimes, Blake Garcia used to get so anxious about track and field meets he would find himself thinking about his performances during class. At meets, his stomach would be so upset that he would refuse all food and drink. But then a funny thing happened to Garcia: He placed sixth in the decathlon at the USA Track & Field Junior Olympic Championships last summer in Miami. Since then, the Mount Hebron junior has been a picture of calm during indoor track competitions. "I'm always somewhat nervous during every meet," he said.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | March 19, 2004
North Carroll's Tim Wunderlich loves a little variety. One of his favorite places to eat on a Sunday morning is a restaurant in Westminster that offers a breakfast buffet. When he's feeling a little musical, he can play the trumpet, the guitar or the piano. So perhaps it's no coincidence that Wunderlich has fallen for a sport that practically screams diversity: the decathlon. "I really like doing a lot of stuff," the 16-year-old junior said. "The variety of stuff is good. ... It's a challenge."
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 28, 2004
Ryan Olkowski is four years and a few pounds from making a serious push at an Olympic berth in the decathlon. Considering his track and field roots, that quest doesn't seem daunting at all. Six years ago, Olkowski was a 148-pound senior at Calvert Hall. Yesterday, he was racing at Stanford University, handling a relay baton on a foursome that was to include Dan O'Brien. Being teamed with the 1996 Olympic gold medalist, even if he is taking his first exploratory steps out of retirement, speaks volumes about Olkowski's potential.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | March 19, 2004
North Carroll's Tim Wunderlich loves a little variety. One of his favorite places to eat on a Sunday morning is a restaurant in Westminster that offers a breakfast buffet. When he's feeling a little musical, he can play the trumpet, the guitar or the piano. So perhaps it's no coincidence that Wunderlich has fallen for a sport that practically screams diversity: the decathlon. "I really like doing a lot of stuff," the 16-year-old junior said. "The variety of stuff is good. ... It's a challenge."
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