The 26th Annual Vermont State Decathlon Championships were held at the Bellows Falls High School Track, Hadley Field, Bellows Falls, VT on June 15th and June 16th, 2000. Entrance requirements include being a student in a secondary school in Vermont and a limit of 4 entrants maximum per each school. A $18.00 entry fee includes t-shirts and awards. For further information or questions contact Dr. Jasinski at:
The Vermont State Decathlon was established in 1976 by Dr. Jerry P. Jasinski who was the track and field coach at Springfield High School at that time. The event was held in Springfield, Vermont for the first three years and subsequently moved to Hadley Field at Bellows Falls Union High School in 1979. It was held at Hadley Field for 21 years under the continued direction of Dr. Jasinski. Last year it was moved to Springfield High School to celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the event. This year it was back again at Hadley Field. With only 15 competitors initially, the event has grown to where 40-50 competitors compete annually for the title of Vermont's Decathlon Champion. Steve Zemianek (Mount Anthony Union High School) has been a most able assistant over
the course of this event as meet score keeper and sounding board for providing continued improvements in the
operation of the event.. The 25th Anniversary was held in his honor shortly after his passing away in May, 2000. This event has been held in concert with the Vermont State Heptathlon Championships held concurrently at the same site on the same days for the past 26 years. During the first 2 years all competitors engaged in all 10 events in one day as an abbreviated event was held. In 1978 the Decathlon was changed from a 1-day to a 2-day event to be in compliance with the Olympic format. Therefore, some records for events held then but no longer continued are listed below along with the current records and previous decathlon winners. Many of the competitors have gone on to successful track and field careers in college and/or have engaged in productive professional careers after this engaging and challenging experience. The Knights of Columbus (Councils #2628, Springfield; and #753, Bellows Falls) have provided financial support for this event allowing for t-shirts for all entrants and the top 20 competitors to receive trophies (top 5) and plaques (next 15) for their competitive efforts. The Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Brattleboro, VT has generously provided soft drinks for the contestants at the conclusion of the event for the past 17 years.