Gunnar Nixon’s involvement in track & field began when he was in the 7th grade at Union Schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Nixon started out with a focus on sprints and long jump, later adding hurdles. After a lot of practice, Nixon added the high jump as well, which shortly thereafter became his favorite event. Since Nixon excelled in multiple events, he decided to set his sights on training for the decathlon after a summer spent with the Tulsa Spikes and watching great athletes compete on the national level.
Gunnar’s first decathlon took place in 2008 at the USATF Junior Olympics Regional Meet. Nixon won this competition and advanced to the national meet, winning the Junior Decathlon National Title at age 15, something never done before. Nixon moved to Edmonton and continued his track & field success breaking or tying multiple school records, winning state in the high jump, 2nd in the 300 hurdles and 3rd in the 110 hurdles, just as a sophomore.
In 2010, Nixon decided to try something new, the pentathlon. At Nike Indoor Nationals, he won the gold medal and set the best score ever for a junior and the 2nd best of any high school student. Nixon placed 3rd at USA Outdoor Championships following another season of vibrant growth.
In 2011, Nixon truly started to shine on the national level. He broke the American High School Record leading him to be runner-up at the USA Junior Championships and the Pan American Junior Games. At the conclusion of the season, ranked as the number 1 prep decathlete in the nation, Nixon was named the National Gatorade Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
2012 proved to be no different for the up and coming athlete. Upon graduating high school, Nixon was awarded an athletic scholarship to the University of Arkansas. At the NCAA Championships, Nixon broke the American Junior Record in the decathlon with personal bests in the 110mH and pole vault. Nixon finished 5th overall scoring 7,892 points. He went on to finish 3rd at the SEC Championships and was named All-SEC that year. Nixon continued on the rise capturing gold medals at both the USA Junior Championships and World Junior Championships.
In 2013, Nixon moved up to senior competition and started the indoor season with a heptathlon personal record of 6,232 to win the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships. In May 2013, Nixon broke 8,000 points in the decathlon for the first time. At the USA Outdoor Championships, Nixon led the senior decathlon on day 1, but finished runner-up to Olympic Gold Medalist, Ashton Eaton after the second day of competition. Nixon then went on to represent Team USA at the World Championships in Moscow, where he finished 13th overall and set multiple personal bests. Nixon set 8 personal bests over the course of the 2013 season. With nothing but upward growth in the decathlon, Nixon sets his sights on continuing to improve and excel.
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