Blake Schulthies Earns All-American Award In Decathlon
CANTON, N.Y. (NNDC) – Former Northeast Dubois High School track and field standout Blake Schulthies, a senior at Rose-Hulman Institute in Terre Haute, earned the 50th All-American award in the history of the Fightin’ Engineer men’s and women’s track and field program with a seventh-place finish in the decathlon at the 2015 NCAA Division III National Championships at St. Lawrence University.
The former Jeep scored 6,686 points to place seventh and cap off his collegiate track and field career with his first All-American award. Schultheis won two events against the top 20 decathletes in Division III lifting him into his overall seventh place finish. He won the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.25 seconds and the pole vault with a leap of 14 feet, 9 inches
. “It was a short season in the decathlon, but it was very rewarding,” said Schultheis, “my most confident events were the 400 and the pole vault because I’ve run in them all year long. The confidence I gained in those two events really pushed me through these ten challenges.’ Schulthies had two other top-five finishes, fourth in the 100 meter dash, and fifth in the 110-hurdles. Rose-Hulman head coach Larry Cole said of Schultheis’ performance, “What an accomplishment to run his two decathlons in a 10-day span. Blake’s first decathlon qualified him for the National Championships and then he became an All-American. He peformed well today and I’m very proud of him.”