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Thoreson 30 Minute Decathlon & Youth Triple

  • Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA, 93108 United States (map)

Hosted by the Santa Barbara Track Club



01/12/19: Beach Wins Thoreson 30 Title

01/07/19: Olympians & NCAA Champions to Compete in Thoreson 30 Minute Decathlon

01/07/19: The Athletic Experience Thoreson 30 Preview (podcast)

12/11/18: Santa Barbara Track Club to Host Thoreson 30 Minute Decathlon & Youth Triple

Join us for this special event honoring David Thoreson at Westmont College. Beginning at 10:00am at Westmont College, a field of Decathletes will attempt the 10-event, 30 minute challenge created by Thoreson in the 1970s. At 11:00am the SBTC will also host a 30 minute, three event challenge for youth (ages 7-13), including a Softball Throw, Long Jump and 400m Dash.

Event history and athlete bios can be found below the RSVP form.

The Saturday, January 12 event is free for spectators and participants thanks to the Warkentin Family. A luncheon reunion will follow the Youth Triple at 11:30am and is also hosted at Thorrington Field.

Visiting Westmont College Information

So we can best plan, we request that all youth participants or those joining us for the luncheon reunion RSVP using the form below.

About the Decathlon

A traditional decathlon consists of ten track and field events that are contested over two days. The event developed from the ancient pentathlon, held at the ancient Greek Olympics. The modern decathlon first appeared on the Olympic athletics program at the 1912 Games in Stockholm.

The title of "World's Greatest Athlete" has traditionally been given to the person who wins the decathlon. This began when King Gustav V ofSweden told Jim Thorpe, "You, sir, are the world's greatest athlete" afterThorpe won the decathlon at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912.

The current decathlon world record holder is France’s Kevin Mayer, who scored 9,126 points at the 2018 Décastar.

About the 30 minute Decathlon

Events in the 30 minute decathlon will be competed in the same order as in a traditional Decathlon–100 meters, Long Jump, Shot Put High Jump, 400 meters, 110/100 meters hurdles, Discus Throw, Pole Vault, Javelin Throw, and 1500 meters.

Due to the condensed schedule athletes will begin on their own in the 100 meters, three minutes apart from each other. At their individual 30 minute mark the athlete’s 1500m time will begin at 30:00, regardless if the athlete is present.

Scoring will be based on standards developed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which assigns a score to every run, jump, or throw. The athlete with the highest total score will be declared the winner.

Legend has it that he current world record in the 30 minute Decathlon is above 6400 points but the exact number is unknown.

Each Decathlete will have a "Dec-Caddy" to support them during the event, keeping track of gear, transition times and more.

In Honor of David Thoreson

Organized by the Santa Barbara Track Club (SBTC) and hosted at Westmont College, the event honors David Thoreson, a national class Decathlete who won the bronze medal at the 1967 Pan American Games.

Thoreson created the 30 minute Decathlon and had a best score of 6,233pts, a world record which stood for many years. He later worked at La Colina Junior High School becoming an institution to the thousands of students he impacted.


10:21am - Curtis Beach
College: Duke, Class of 2014
Decathlon Best: 8084pts
Strengths & Accolades

  • NCAA Indoor Heptathlon Champion

  • 4th at 2016 Indoor Worlds

  • WR Heptathlon 1000m

  • 2nd Fastest Decathlon 1500m of All Time

  • Currently training for the decathlon professionally

Potential Weaknesses

  • Third attempts are not his ally here

  • 400m ability will be debilitated by the short break allowed before the 110m Hurdles

  • Spent 2017 & 2018 training for the 400mH & 800m, while everyone else was training for the Heptathlon/Decathlon

10:18am - Sharon Day-Monroe
College: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Class of 2008
Heptathlon Best: 6,550pts
Strengths & Accolades

  • 2x Olympian (High Jump 2008 & Heptathlon 2012)

  • NCAA High Jump Champion

  • 7x USA Champion

  • USA Record Holder in the Indoor Pentathlon

  • Nobody else in field has done a 30-minute Decathlon either

Potential Weakness

  • This isn’t a Heptathlon!

  • Has practiced Pole Vault for about 3 weeks total

  • Hasn’t done a Decathlon

10:15am - Tom FitzSimons
College: Mount St Mary's University, Class of 2012
Decathlon Best: 7791pts
Strengths & Accolades

  • Bronze Medalist at the 2014 USATF Championships

  • NCAA All-American

  • 2x Team USA (Thorpe Cup)

  • Has come out of retirement before

  • Amazing ability to change shoes

Potential Weaknesses

  • Worried about left quad detaching from femur at the 21st minute

10:12am - Derek Masterson
College: UCSB, Class of 2013
Decathlon Best: 7631pts
Strengths & Accolades

  • 2x Top 10 Finisher at USA Championships

  • NCAA Championships Qualifier

  • HUCKS all three implements

  • Always nimble - natural athlete

Potential Weaknesses

  • Might be 20+ pounds heavier than his old playing weight

  • Doesn’t know his steps, nor even know what pole he will use in the vault?!

  • Below average ability of changing his event shoes

10:09am - Evan Weinstock
College: Brown, Class of 2014
Decathlon Best: 7557pts
Strengths & Accolades

  • 2018 Team USA Olympian in the 4-Man Bobsled

  • Nevada 4A High School Footballer of the Year

  • As explosive as he's ever been

  • Brown University School Record Holder

Potential Weaknesses

  • He made the Olympics in the Bobsled, not Decathlon

  • His massive Clean PR won't help 50% of the events

  • Might outweigh Derek, which won’t help in jumps or throws

10:06am - Anthony Cota
College: Westmont, Class of 2018
Decathlon Best: 6592pts
Strengths & Accolades

  • 6’11 High Jumper

  • Multiple Time NAIA All American

  • 2018 GSAC Conference Meet MVP

Potential Weaknesses

  • Threw out all his old event spikes months ago

  • Hasn’t worked out much since graduation

10:03am - Brett Shagena
College: Westmont, Class of 2018
Decathlon Best: 5093pts
Strengths & Accolades

  • GSAC Conference Champion in the Pole Vault

  • Not his first decathlon

  • Overly confident

Potential Weaknesses

  • Overly confident

  • Only gets to spend 3 minutes pole vaulting

10:00am - Travis Smelley
College: Westmont College, Class of 2018
Decathlon Best: 4936pts
Strengths & Accolades

  • Will sacrifice his body to try and win the 400m and 1500m despite consequence

  • Doesn't feel pain, ever

Potential Weaknesses

  • Hurdles are still 42 inches

  • Discus requires a spin to go far

  • He’s the first one to go

Earlier Event: May 6
805 Youth Track Championships
Later Event: February 22
USATF Indoor Championships