Canton grade Layng wins MAC title in decathlon
Junior Brian Layng, a Canton graduate, closed out his second straight gold medal-winning performance in the decathlon in dramatic fashion, and Cameron Aregood won his first ever gold in the high jump, as the Elizabethtown men's track & field team worked its way into a second-place tie on Friday at the 2013 MAC Outdoor Championships.
Layng doubled his points over the final five events of the decathlon to once again take his spot as the conference's best multi athlete, but it didn't come easy. Layng battled all the way to the final event with Messiah's Drew Engle. The defending champ won the 110m hurdles in a time of 16.20, earning himself 710 points, most in any event on the day.
Layng also had the second best throw in the discus, 127'5" (38.83m) and posted the fourth best marks in the pole vault and javelin. But the two-day competition came down to the last event, the 1500m run. Engle still had a shot at Layng, and took the event win in 4:37.04, but Layng was only four seconds back in second, giving up 30 points to his main competition. It wouldn't matter, however, because Layng won the decathlon by 68 points with a new personal record of 6,119 points.