Masterson Sets Career-High at Texas Greatest Athlete Meet

Derek Masterson (Photo by Tony Mastres)

DALLAS, Texas – UC Santa Barbara senior Derek Masterson scored a career-best Decathlon of 7631 at the Texas Greatest Athlete meet this past weekend at the St. Mark's School of Texas.

"Derek bled and sweat for this program for five years and put his personal score aside to help his team," UCSB assistant coach Cody Fleming said. "Pete [Dolan] and I both agreed that now that he was healthy and ready to roll, we would give him another go at it."

Masterson battled injuries this season and came up just 30 points short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. The senior repeated as the Big West's decathlon champion while also winning conference gold in the javelin with a career-best of 218' 6".

"It's bittersweet not being able to take him to the NCAA Championships, but this weekend he showed a glimpse of what he's capable of doing," Fleming said. "He represented UCSB well this weekend and put up a heck of a score.

Masterson started day one off with an 11.34 100m, 23' .5" long jump, 46' 6" shot put, 6' 4" high jump, and a 51.22 400m. His first day total of 3842 was just shy of his first day lifetime best.

The senior kept his momentum going on day two by putting up perhaps his most impressive performance in the javelin. In the event, he launched the javelin off a grass runway for the 206' 1" distance.

The rest of this day two action included a career-best 150.06 in the 110 hurdle. He also threw 146' 4" in the discus and 14' 11" in the pole vault. Masterson finished the meet with a 4:47.67 in the 1500m.

The Texas Greatest Athlete meet invites athletes that are trying to qualify for the Junior and Senior Nationals or Olympic Trials.

Masterson will next be competing in the USA Outdoor Championships held in Des Moines, Iowa later this month.

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