It wasn’t the way he had hoped to win it, but on April 29, Dylan Hamming conquered the NWAACC decathlon
championship for the second consecutive year.
Hamming scored 6,788 points, easily besting Seth Buck of Clackamas Community College, who finished second with 6,523. Hamming’s effort was enough to earn him fourth place on Lane’s all-time record board.
However, if things had gone as he had planned, Hamming would have been competing for first place with Colton
Thurman, his friend and fellow Titan. Thurman was forced to withdraw from the competition after suffering a hamstring injury last week.
“All year we were hanging out all the time, just waiting for this day,” Hamming said. “And then Thursday he goes and tweaks his hammy. That was a huge letdown, but I knew that I had to just do my best.”
Thurman, who owned the top decathlon score in the NWAACC prior to the meet, would have been considered a slight favorite over Hamming had he competed.
“It’s extremely disappointing, considering last year I was unable to compete too,” Thurman said. “But this year I’ll
be ready for (the NWAACC championships), and last year I wasn’t.”
Hamming trailed Brandon Brockelsby of Olympic College by just a single point after the first day’s events. He took command of the meet by beating both Brockelsby and Buck in the first four events of Day 2.
By the competition’s last event, the 1,500-meter race, Hamming had separated himself from his competitors and
held a 211-point lead over Buck. He ran a 4:47.69 and placed second in the 1,500, assuring his victory and his place in school history.
“At the end of Day 1, being ahead of Seth, who I knew going in would be my strongest competition, and knowing what events I had left for Day 2, I knew I was in a good spot,” he said.
Titans freshman Trey Larson finished fourth in the decathlon in only his second time competing in the event.
Larson said he had never considered competing in the decathlon in high school and only did so once he started practicing with Lane in the fall.
“It’s actually not terrible,” Larson said. “Everybody always talks about how bad it is, but coming into it, the worst
thing is the 1,500 and that’s all mental.”
Hamming now sits in exclusive company. He is just the third Titan to ever win back-to-back decathlons.
“He is obviously very athletic, but it’s his mental toughness that’s most impressive … It’s almost like he can will things to happen and that’s why he (sets a PR) in almost every contest,” Lane head coach Grady O’Connor said. “Last year, he came out of nowhere to beat Seth Buck, and this year, he just took control and didn’t give anybody a chance.”