Feb. 21, 2012
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MADISON, Wis. In anticipation of the upcoming Olympic Games and in celebration of Black History Month, the University of Wisconsin Athletics program will highlight its Aftrican-American Olympians during the month of February.
Today we honor decathlete Maxwell Seales who qualified for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Saint Lucia native Maxwell Seales came to Wisconsin via Independence Community College in Kansas, where he was discovered by then-UW field events coach Mark Napier.
Napier, a former Badger decathlete, brought Seales to Wisconsin as a junior, and he blossomed under Napier's decathlon tutelage.
His marks improved to where he thought he could qualify for the Olympics as a decathlete for his home country, Saint Lucia, a Caribbean island that has been independent of Britain since 1979.
Seales, who said his best events were the long jump, javelin and 400 meters, didn't make it to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics as a decathlete, but he did as a member of the Saint Lucia's 4x400-meter relay team.
With Seales running anchor, the team ran a Saint Lucia national record of 3:10.51, but didn't make it out of the Olympic heats.
He also owns the Saint Lucia national javelin record with a toss of 214 feet, 11 inches.
Seales also put his mark on the Wisconsin records book, where his leap of 25-2 1/4 in the long jump still ranks third all-time, and his score of 7,197 points in the decathlon ranks 10th.
He also helped the Badgers sweep the Big Ten indoor and outdoor team titles in both of his seasons in Madison.
An agricultural journalism major, Seales graduated from Wisconsin in 1996.