DES MOINES, Iowa – Daniel Gooris finished the second day of the decathlon at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, closing out the competition with a huge personal-best in the 1,500 meters for the last time in Purple and Old Gold.
In the last event of the day, Gooris placed first overall in the 1,500 meters, beating out current professional and Olympic athletes to cross the finish line first. Gooris finished with a time of 4:20.08, moving himself up seven spots to finish eighth in the decathlon with 7,553.
"Daniel Gooris finished his UNI career like a champion," head coach Dan Steele said. "Winning his final race with a huge PR in front of Iowa fans was just perfect. We are so proud of him."
With his 7,553 point performance, Gooris has qualified to represent the United States in the Thorpe Cup, which serves as an international multis track and field competition between the USA and Germany. Steele was chosen to coach Team USA at the 2010 Thorpe Cup. The 2013 Thorpe Cup will take place in Chula Vista, Calif. July 27-28.
Gooris opened day two with a strong finish in the 110 meter hurdles. He notched a time of 15.18 and placed second in his heat. In the discus throw, Gooris scored a new 2013 outdoor season-best throw of 139-7 to place him sixth overall in the event.
Gooris placed third overall in the pole vault, one of his strongest events, coming away with a height of 16-0.75. He then placed 10th overall in the javelin, throwing for a distance of 174-2.
Former UNI track and field athlete Tyler Mulder will look to place in the top-three of the 800 meter finals tomorrow to notch a spot on Team USA. The 800 meter final is set to start at 3:13 p.m.