Adam Bork has found a sure cure for boredom.
The University of Montana junior wades into the NCAA decathlon championships Wednesday at hallowed Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., with a top score that ranks him 12th and potential that's hard to imagine.
Bork, the 1997 Class A state pole vault champion for Bigfork, came to UM as a specialist in that event.
"I don't know, it just wasn't enough," Bork said from his motel room in Eugene on Tuesday. "I'd get bored at track meets. I couldn't stand just competing for half an hour and sitting around the rest of the day."
That's not a worry now.
For two seven-hour stretches over the next two days, Bork will run, jump, hurdle, throw implements and pole vault to his heart's content.
"He's going in feeling fresh and poppy in his legs," UM decathlon coach Brian Schweyen. "I think his chances are pretty good. He's sitting 12th coming in but he's less than 100 points out of eighth."
The top eight Americans gain All-America status. Only one Montana decathlete has achieved that honor: Troy McDonough, who was fourth at the NCAAs in 1999 with 7,454 points.
In only his second complete decathlon, Bork scored 7,470 points in late April in Pocatello to qualify. That was just 35 points short of McDonough's school record.
Jamaica native Claston Bernard of Louisiana State University, the NCAA runner-up last year, was the top qualifier this spring with 8,024 points on May 11. Tennessee's Stephen Harris (7,804), Georgia's David Lemen (7,772) and Oregon's Santiago Lorenzo of Argentina (7,726) round out the top four. Eighth-ranked Curtis Pugsley of BYU had a best of 7,519.
Bork said there's plenty of room for improvement in his shot put and 110-meter hurdles from his previous decathlon.
"I think I can pick up quite a few points in those events," he said. It's not unrealistic to expect personal records in five or more events, Bork added.
"I think I'm in pretty good shape as far as explosiveness," he said. "We'll see about endurance in the 400 (Wednesday night). I think I'll have a lot more adrenaline with the crowd and the pace of a larger caliber meet."
Bork is UM's only representative at the NCAA meet and the only decathlon qualifier from the Big Sky Conference.
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