PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland State senior Nicholas Trubachik is quiet in nature, but a beast when it comes to the decathlon.
For the first time since the Vikings moved to Division I, they will be represented on the men's side at the NCAA Track and Field Championships next week.
“It’s been a goal I’ve had for a couple years now, and it’s very nice to finally achieve it. I just have to go in there and do what I came to do”, said Trubachik, an Estacada native.
There are only 22 athletes that will compete in the decathlon, and Trubachik feels he has a good shot at making some noise.
“I’m shooting for top-8. That way I get named an All-American. If I can get us (PSU) a point, that would be pretty good.”
Trubachik has some added motivation. He’ll be one of two Oregonians in the field. The other being Ashton Eaton, who holds the world record in the heptathlon. Eaton, who is the national leader, will provide a good measuring stick for Trubachik.
“As long as you put together a good 10 events, you’ll be fine so that’s my first goal, being able to be successful in every event, so if I don’t do something in one event, I just have to let it go and pick it up in another."
Following graduation, Trubachik will eventually seek a career as a physical therapist. For now, he has his sights set on trying to represent the Portland State Vikings at historic Hayward Field.
“When I was a really young kid I competed there, so it’s a homecoming I guess," Trubachik said. To finish up my senior year there will be nice.”
The NCAA Track and Field Championships begin June 9-13 in Eugene.