Decker Places Fourth in 800-Meter Final, Becomes Program's First All-American

Decker Places Fourth in 800-Meter Final, Becomes Program's First All-American

GENEVA, Ohio—Babson College junior John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) recorded a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter run and earned the first All-America honor in program history at the NCAA National Championships on Saturday afternoon inside SPIRE Outdoor Stadium.

Decker, who became the only athlete in program history to reach the finals at the national championships on Friday, posted a time of 1:51.66 on Saturday, which was just 0.36 seconds off the pace of 800-meter national champion Deko Ricketts of Washington University (Mo.). The fourth-place finish was a fitting result for Decker, who entered the weekend ranked 10th nationally and qualified for the finals by breaking his own school mark (1:50.48) and posting the second fastest time in the 20-man field on Friday.

By virtue of his finish, Decker collected the first All-America honor in Babson track & field history, and helped the Beavers tie for 51st among 87 scoring teams with five points.

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