Running the 110-meter high hurdles in Eugene last month at the Class 4A championships, Micah Matthews celebrated the end of his junior campaign at Philomath High School with a state title. But there would be no sitting around the house this summer gazing at his gold medal to relive the moment.
Instead, Matthews continued to push himself and entered the decathlon at USA Track and Field’s Oregon Association Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships at Sam Barlow High School in Gresham.
Matthews scored 4,979 points in the 10 events on Thursday and Friday to take first place by 558 points over runner-up Gresham junior-to-be Raschied McCallister II.
The performance gives Matthews the best-ever decathlon score by a Philomath High athlete. Zach Trask previously had the record with the 4,475 points he scored in 2012 at the Sweet Home Heptathlon/Decathlon meet.
Matthews won four of the 10 events with first-place finishes in the 110 hurdles (17.03 seconds), shot put (34 feet, 6.5 inches), discus (85-4) and pole vault (10-11). He had runner-up finishes in the javelin (116-11.5), high jump (5-9.75) and long jump (17-10.25).
The rest of his events included third in the 100 (12.41) and 400 (57.79) and fourth in the 1,500 (5:10.66).
Matthews ranks among the top 15 all-time at PHS in three events — 110 hurdles (10th, 15.66), high jump (13th, 6-0) and 300 hurdles (15th, 42.27). He recorded all three of those personal-best times and heights during the 2022 season.