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Shively Places 2nd in Decathlon to lead Strong FLCC Showing

Shively Places 2nd in Decathlon to lead Strong FLCC Showing

Sophomore Luke Shively (Medina, Ohio) placed second in the decathlon and finished fourth in the pole vault for the Finger Lakes Community College men's track and field team at the NJCAA Division III Outdoor National Championship meet. 

During the decathlon, Shively won the pole vaulting portion of the competition and logged nine top-three finishes in the individual events en route to scoring 5,136 points, the third-highest point total for an NJCAA Division III student-athlete this year.

Shively, who won a regional championship in the pole vault, also cleared 4.08 meters (13 feet, four inches) in the pole vault at the National Championship meet as part of his well-rounded performance at nationals.

Freshmen Miles James and Jake Bailey also competed in the Outdoor Track and Field Division Nationals, held May 11-13 at Howard Community College in Columbia, Md. 

James placed seventh in the 400 meters with a time of 52.26 seconds, while Bailey finished eighth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in a time of 10:30.82.

The Lakers finished in a three-way tie for 14th in team scoring with 16 points. Kinsborough CC won the national championship with 161 points, followed by RC-Gloucester CC (117), Onondaga CC (80), Howard CC (64), Suffolk CC (63), Harper College (60), Montgomery College (49), Mohawk Valley CC (34), Roxbury CC (29), CC of Philadelphia (27), Nassau CC (24), Prince George's CC (23), Queensborough CC (20), FLCC, Bergen CC (16), and Triton College (16). 

Rounding out the team scoring was Herkimer County CC (12), Massasoit CC (9), Hostos CC (7), Union CC (5), CC Rhode Island (4), Middlesex CC (3), Sullivan County CC (3), Thaddeus Stevens (2), and Holyoke CC (1).