Justin Balczak, a 2011 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and sophomore at Lake Superior State University, continued to show his athletic ability last weekend, when he came in second in the men’s heptathlon in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, in Birmingham, Alabama.
Last year he won an All-American title for placing third in the decathlon in the Outdoor Track and Field Championships. His second place score last weekend of 5,664 points will bring him another All-American title.
Balczak came in second to Brent Vogel, of Central Missouri State, who scored 5,760 points.
“Justin broke the old national record by more that 200 points, and his score of 5,664 is the second highest score ever in NCAA D2 history (both regular season and national championship competition),” said LSSU coach Matt Sparks, in an article on the LSSU website. “He had all time personal bests in five of seven events, and heptathlon best marks in seven of seven events. It was the deepest field of any competition at the championships, considering the top eight places all reached the automatic qualifying mark.”
Balczak entered Day 2 in first place after winning two events Friday. On Saturday, he finished second behind Vogel in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of :08.12, sixth in the pole vault (4.20 meters) and sixth in the 1,000-meter run (2:42.71).
While in high school, Balczak was a state champion in the 110m high hurdles and broke school records in the high hurdles, 300m low hurdles, and the 800m relay. He is the son of Mark and Ann Balczak of Cedar Springs.