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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Buckeye Patrick Woods finished in second place in the decathlon with an NCAA provisional and personal record score of 6909 Thursday afternoon at the 2009 Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn.

The senior took first in the discus throw with a toss of 42.06m and second in both the 110m hurdles and javelin. He claimed the runner-up spot behind Tennessee’s Michael Ayers, who led the competition wire-to-wire. Ayers just missed out on an NCAA automatic qualifying scoreneeding 7500 points, the Volunteer finished with 7480. Kevin Carney of Kentucky was third with 6087 points.

Sophomore Rob Wade finished in seventh-place, improving three spots from his position at the beginning of the day. His best finish on the day was in the javelin, where he finished third behind Woods at 49.71m.

Woods, Wade and the rest of the Buckeyes are back in action this Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium when they take on rival Michigan in “The Dual.” Throwing events begin at 11 a.m. and running events at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free.