by Alan Babbitt
Hope College's Josh Izenbart completed one of the best decathlon performances in the country this season on Thursday at the North Central College Gregory Invitational in Naperville, Illinois.
The junior from Glenwood, Illinois (Homewood-Flossmoor HS) totaled 6,567 points over the two-day event for the 10th-highest score in NCAA Division III this spring
The Gregory Invitational was the final meet before the entrants for the Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships are announced on Saturday, May 18.
Senior Justin Freeman of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa) finished runner-up in the 100 meters. He equaled his school record with a time of 10.56 seconds. Webster's Jacob Ridenhour edged Freeman by two one-hundredths of a second.
Izenbart, pictured above, finished with one of the top decathlon totals in Hope history. The school record of 6,693 points was set by Todd Rose in 1988.
At North Central, Izenbart posted the best performances in three events: the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.28 seconds for 816 points, the high jump by clearing 1.99 meters (6-6 ¼) for 794 points, the javelin with a toss of 53.40 meters (175 feet, 2 inches) for 639 points.
Izenbart recorded the third-best efforts in two events: the long jump with a leap of 6.41 meters (21-0 ½) for 677 points and the shot put with a heave of 11.73 meters (38-6) for 590 points.
Izenbart came in fifth in two events: the 100-meter dash at 11.44 seconds for 765 points and the 1,500-meter run at 4:48.72 for 626 points.
Izenbart placed seventh in the discus with a toss of 32.43 meters (106-05) for 512 points, 10th in the 400 meters at 51.84 seconds for 732 points, and 14th in the pole vault by clearing 3.20 meters (10-6) for 406 points.
Izenbart finished ahead of runner-up Dominic Oddo of Case Western Reserve (Ohio) by 70 points and third-place Eli Knutson of St. Olaf (Minnesota) by 77 points.
Freeman, pictured right, anchored the 4x100 relay that took third with a run of 41.84 seconds. He teamed with junior Korey Derr of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Northview), sophomore David Clark of Sterling Heights, Michigan (Stevenson) and freshman Brandon Anderson of Cassopolis, Michigan (Ross Beatty).
Junior Andrew VandeBunte of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Byron Center) was 28th in the 800 at 2:03.20.