NNU's Kilgore doesn't have to look far for support

It sounds downright painful.

"As soon as you get out of bed the next day everything hurts," said Northwest Nazarene decathlete Greyson Kilgore.

The decathlon takes more than just a hop, skip and a jump. It takes a pole vault, shot put, discus, javelin, runs of 100, 400 and 1500 meters, 110 meter hurdles, long jump and high jump.

"It's my senior year and I want to have some fun," Kilgore said.

Kilgore had enough fun last week to break the school's 27-year-old decathlon record, and he hasn't competed in the event for more than a year.

"As soon as I didn't care about it anymore, I got a better score," he said.

One of the reasons is because his biggest fan is on the team. NNU runner Morgan Kilgore and Greyson got married about 10 months ago.

"I'm always running up to the coach and asking 'what is the bar at and where's he at now,'" Morgan said.

"She wouldn't be disappointed in me if I didn't do well, but she's extra supportive when I do," Greyson said.

"I think they are both just great for each other," said NNU Track & Field coach John Spatz. "They balance each other out and are two of the best people we have on our team."

With all the roles that the decathlon demands, Greyson still has time to be a cheerleader.

"I get way more nervous for her events than I do for mine," he said. "I usually lose my voice cheering for her and screaming as loud as I can."

Greyson, Morgan and the Crusaders cap their season with the conference championships starting next Friday.