Strang no stranger to success

Utah State junior John Strang, the two-time defending Western Athletic Conference champion in the decathlon, doesn’t have to look very far to find inspiration and motivation.
The inspiration comes from teammate Logan Moore, while assistant Utah State track coach Joel Johnson provides the motivation.
Moore, who won the WAC title in the decathlon as a sophomore, is slowly coming back from a knee injury from last year, and finished sixth this year.
“He would have definitely won again if he was at full strength,” Strang said of his teammate.
Moore, however, pushed the junior enough to help him win his second consecutive WAC crown.
Strang, won the heptathlon at the WAC indoor championships this year, won five events in the decathlon at the outdoor championships earlier this month in Boise and finished with 7,083 points ? the third-most in school history.
He was sixth on the all-time list with 6,770 points before vaulting to third.
En route to his first 7,000-point plus effort, Strang tallied 3,867 points on the first day of competition by winning the 100 meters (10.74 seconds), long jump (23 feet, 9? inches), high jump (6-8?), while finishing second in the 400 meters (50.68) and sixth in the shot put (30-10?).
On the final day of competition he won the 110m hurdles (14.64) and the 1,500 meters (5:00.20). He finished third in the discus (109-3) and pole vault (13-11?) and was fourth in the javelin (154-4).
Thanks in part to his 10-point effort, the Aggie men (135) finished second overall – seven points behind champion Boise State.
“It’s just a combination of a great team and great coaches that make good things happen,” he said.
“I’m always excited when one of our athletes wins a conference championship,” Utah State track coach Greg Gensel said. “For John, his goal at the beginning of the year was to win both the indoor and outdoor multi-event championships and he’s accomplished that goal.”
Now he has another, and he had one more year to get it.
“The only points record that really matters is the top one and I’d want to get the top one because it is held by Coach Johnson,” Strang said.
Johnson set the all-time school record in 2002 with 7,586 points.
Despite winning the WAC title last year, Strang wasn’t invited to nationals, and he will find out in the next few days whether or not he invited this year.

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