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Oregon record holder Eaton falls just short

AUSTIN, Texas — Despite a grand showing on the first day of the Texas Relays, NCAA decathlon champion and world indoor record holder Ashton Eaton of Oregon fell just short of the collegiate mark in his finale on Thursday.

His final score of 8,310 points blew away the competition but was not enough to top former Texas athlete Trey Hardee's 2006 mark of 8,465 points, the current collegiate record. Eaton said he was satisfied with his performance but disappointed that the wind played a factor.

"Not getting the record doesn't really bother me because that's not exactly what I set out to accomplish so early in the season," Eaton said. "I'll just have to try to get it later."

Oregon combined events coach Harry Marra said he didn't expect Eaton, a four-time NCAA champion, to have a personal best. Marra said that although Eaton's final score will be considered wind-aided, the gusty winds actually hurt him in several events.

"It became a real issue on his hurdles and the pole vault," Marra said. "As much as the wind can assist you, it can play havoc, as well."

Eaton's teammate, Brianne Theisen took the heptathlon on the women's side with a final score of 5,942.