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Belue close to NCAA title

Former COC athlete among 13 Division II finalists in decathlon

Posted: May 20, 2009 9:34 p.m.
Updated: May 21, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Former College of the Canyons decathlete Brian Belue will represent Humboldt State in today’s NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field championships.

Belue, a 2004 graduate of Saugus High School, will take part in the decathlon finals, which begin at 10 a.m. on the campus of Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

The decathlon consists of two days’ worth of events. The first day starts with the 100-meter sprint, followed by the long jump, shot put, high jump, and 400-meter sprint. The second day features the 110 hurdles, followed by the discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run.

Participants get 30 minutes of rest between the last finisher in the previous event and the start of the next event. Points are accumulated based on how close the athletes come to the world record marks in each event.

Belue will compete with 12 other decathletes, and his goal is to be among the top eight, which are named All-Americans.

“It’s just a lot of hard work,” he said. “If you have athletic ability, you can pick (the decathlon) up. Hard work separates people.”
Belue came to College of the Canyons in 2004 after participating in sprints and jumping events in high school.

Cougars head coach Lindie Kane and her staff recommended Belue try the decathlon, and while he was already good at most of the events, Belue needed to work on the hurdles.

“In high school, you’re limited to the amount of events you can participate in,” Kane said. “I know with us, he didn’t qualify because he did not have much training in the hurdles.”    

Belue also had to work on the pole vault, and once he improved, he transferred to Humboldt State after his sophomore year.

Humboldt State is a small school located in the city of Arcata in rural Northern California, and the change of scenery appealed to Belue.

“The trees, being by the ocean and the forest, it’s a complete change from Southern California,” he said.
Humboldt State also had a brand new training facility, and after his junior season, Belue redshirted to refine his decathlon skills even more with assistant coach Gunner Argo. His typical day consists of class in the morning and training in different events for the whole afternoon.

The work has paid off, as Belue is competing for an NCAA Division II championship.

“We are so excited for him,” Kane said. “He’s got the talent. He’s got the dedication it takes to learn and practice those events. When he was with us, he was one of our top scorers. He did everything for us.”

jgulino@the-signal.com

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