Soto And Easter Earn National Titles On Huge Day 4 For Ohio

Yariel Soto and Etaijen Easter pocketed national championship wins to highlight a series of stellar performances that were put forth by Ohio's own on the final day of competition at New Balance Nationals

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Yariel Soto sets New Meet Record, No. 5 All-Time and Boys Field Athlete of the Meet

Soto had the performance of a lifetime to secure his first New Balance National Outdoor decathlon title on Sunday.

The Centerville High School senior had eight new personal bests throughout the competition. To boot: 

  • 10.89 100m
  • 48.53 400m
  • 24-3.5 long jump
  • 40-4.25 shot put
  • 15.50 110mH
  • 139-3 discus
  • 15-11 pole vault
  • 148-3 javelin 

In his first decathlon of the year, Soto broke the meet record with a total of 7,509 points.

This new personal best takes the Tennessee commit from No. 15 all-time to No. 5.

Soto is still chasing Gunnar Nixon's national record of 8,035 points, which was set back in 2011. Also, Soto was not only named an All-American but boys Field Athlete of the Meet. 

Etaijen Easter / Twinsburg  

Etaijen Easter leaped 24-9.25 to collect the Championship long jump victory. The jumps specialist from Twinsburg led an impressive list of nine competitors who went 24+ feet. Easter, who recently committed to Hinds Community College (MS), also excelled in high jump competition during his decorated career with the Tigers

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