Johnson City, TN - Doane College junior Forrest Gregory (Bellevue) won the inaugural NAIA Indoor Heptathlon on Friday afternoon in Johnson City, Tenn. Gregory led after the first day of competition but fell to second place after the first event this morning, the 60 meter hurdles. He trailed by 33 points heading into the final event, the 1,000 meter run.
In January, Gregory ran the 1,000 in a time of 2:57.03 which garnered him 694 points. A similar mark would have given him a third place finish today but he bettered his time by 10 seconds (2:47.13) and earned an extra 102 points. Gregory won by 75 points and finished with 4,921, a new school record and NAIA meet record. He is the second male in school history to win an indoor multi-event, joining John Heckenlively who won the pentathlon in 1996.
Gregory is the second Tiger to claim an individual national championship, joining senior Katie Kosmos. Kosmos won the pentathlon on Thursday afternoon, becoming the first female to win the pentathlon at Doane. In 1995, Azusa Pacific University claimed the men's and women's pentathlon, the only other time one school has one both multi-events.