Fresh off a successful track and field career at Kennesaw State, Jordan Gray is already breaking new ground.
The Ball Ground native already showcased her versatility after placing second in pentathlon at the NCAA indoor championships and seventh in the same event at the NCAA outdoor championships, but she took it to the next level late last month with an American-record 7,921 decathlon points at the National Women’s Decathlon Championships in San Francisco.
“The decathlon is something I’ve wanted to do for a few years now,” Gray said. “I’ve been getting some higher marks in pole vault and discus. I had never run the 1,500 meters, but I got my coach to let me run the mile indoors, so I kinda know about it. Just adding up some numbers over the past year, it’s been a goal to go out there and break the overall decathlon record.”
Gray’s mark broke an 18-year-old American record by 344 points. It was the third-best result ever worldwide and was the best score posted in the world since 2006.