Texas A&M’s Victor Lindon sets a PR in the 1500m of the men’s decathlon, helping him to win a national title in the event. Oregon News, Photo by Dillon Vibes

Texas A&M’s Victor Lindon sets a PR in the 1500m of the men’s decathlon, helping him to win a national title in the event. Oregon News, Photo by Dillon Vibes

by Isaac Gibson/Special to GrenadaSports

EUGENE, Oregon, June 9, 2016 – Lindon Victor won the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship decathlon Thursday in what was perhaps the deepest field in meet history.

Even while scoring 8,379 points, which is the fifth-best all-time collegiate performance, Victor never felt like he was out of the competition’s reach.

The second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers had the highest scores for their respective places in the meet’s history. “I knew coming in it was going to take something special to win,” Victor said. “I honestly thought it would take an NCAA record to win.”

On the second day of competition, Victor set a personal best in the 110-meter hurdles, 14.68 seconds. However, there was one event that caused him some frustration. “The javelin was really disappointing,” Victor said. “I haven’t thrown that low in the decathlon in a while, but I am glad I was able to throw at least 65.”

It was enough to give him an 88-point lead heading into the 1,500.

Victor finished the 1,500 in 15th place, but still ran a personal best of 4:43.81, which was enough to carry him to a 79-point win over Zach Ziemek of Wisconsin.

To Victor there was an even deeper meaning to his individual title. In 2012 his brother, Kurt Felix, won the NCAA championship in the decathlon for Boise State. “I’m happy that I was able to follow in my brother’s footsteps by winning the title,” he said. “It took every bit of that 8,370 to do it.”

Even though Victor looks calm when he is competing, the nerves are still there. His brother helps him calm his nerves. “He keeps me focused, he coaches me, if I’m struggling with an event I call him up,”

Victor said. “He always preaches the third lap in the 1,500 is the hardest one and to never chase numbers and just compete. If I compete the numbers will come. …

“I feel like I have the biggest advantage of all the multis having a brother that has already done it.”

Victor thanked the program at Texas A&M and its head coach, Pat Henry, for keeping him humble. “He has seen and done everything,” Victor said. “He has had collegiate record holders, Olympic gold medalists, and I think it really keeps me humble knowing that he has already seen people do what I am doing right now.”

Now with the NCAA Championships done, Victor has big plans before he heads to Rio.

“I’m going back to Grenada for a week, and probably spend some time on the beach to get my mind off track and field for a bit, and then get back to doing what we have been doing all year.”

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