US, Germany Split Thorpe Cup

MANHATTAN, Kan. The final day of the Thorpe Cup at R.V. Christian Track Complex was diplomatic in its conclusion between the United States and Germany, as each country captured a team title and an individual crown.

 

The United States secured its sixth straight team decathlon crown with a 40,093 to 38,496 victory. The individual title went to Norman Muller of Germany with a score of 8,199 edging Jake Arnold (8,191) and day one leader Mustafa Abdur-Rahim (8,175) of the United States.

 

Muller propelled himself into contention with a pole vault win of 5.15 meters. He then finished third in the javelin with a toss of 60.22 m and fourth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:26.50.

 

Germany won its second straight title in the women’s heptathlon with a 105-point difference, 17,267 to 17,162. This was the widest margin of victory since the heptathlon was added to the Thorpe Cup in 2006.

 

Winning the individual crown for the second straight year in the heptathlon was Lela Nelson of the United States with a Thorpe Cup-record total and career-high of 6,029 points. Nelson widened her day one lead, after winning the long jump with a distance of 6.65 meters to open day two.

 

Kansas State assistant coach and 2008 Olympian Tom Pappas made another appearance at RV Christian Track Complex, as he completes final tune-ups before departing for China next week.