Florida's Grahma Sits in Sixth After Day One in Austin
Junior Lorraine Graham (Springdale, Md.) currently sits in sixth after the first day of the women’s heptathlon at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, presented by State Farm. Graham scored 3,285 points on the opening day of the meet, impressive considering the junior is competing in the first heptathlon of her career.
“I’m proud of Lorraine,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “After a rough start in the hurdles, she battled back well to be in the top 10 after the first day. I think she’s doing a great job so far in the first heptathlon of her career.”
Graham scored 927 points in the first event of the day, the 100-meter hurdles, racing to a time of 14.37. The junior put up a personal best in the second event, high jumping to a mark of 1.63m/5-4.25. In the shot put, Graham scored 663 points with her toss of 12.03m/39-5.75 to sit in ninth with the 200 meters remaining on day one. Graham, who is second all-time in the indoor pentathlon at UF (4,010 points), finished third overall in 24.60 to score 924 points.
The first heptathlon event Thursday will be the long jump at 12 p.m. ET. Graham is eighth all-time indoors in the event and looks to carry that success into the pit tomorrow.
“I’m looking forward to watching Lorraine finish up, as well as watch the rest of the Gators start things off tomorrow,” Holloway finished.
The field events will kick off for the Gators with the university/college men’s hammer throw at 4:30 p.m. ET, as sophomore Kyle Strawn (Temecula, Calif.) will be competing after his PR of 62.20m/204-1 last weekend at the UCF Invitational. The first running events of the week start at 5:30 p.m. ET with the university/college women’s and men’s 400-meter hurdles. Five Gators will race in those preliminary rounds.
The four-day meet continues Thursday, March 28 at Mike A. Myers Stadium and runs through Saturday, March 30. The headquarters for the Relays can be found here. The official hashtag for the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, for fans who want to follow all the action on Twitter, is #TXRelays13.
The Longhorn Network will provide 18 original hours of programming throughout the meet. ESPN's Dave LaMont provides play-by-play throughout the meet, and former NCAA All-American athlete and current ESPN radio host Sean Adams serves as reporter. Rounding out the team, Larry Rawson, Emmy Award-winning track and field sportscaster, and Dwight Stones, track and field Olympian, serve as analysts.
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LSU's Jernbeck Near Heptathalon PR in Austin
AUSTIN, Texas – While making her collegiate debut in the heptathlon at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, Lady Tiger freshman Therese Jernbeck nearly scored a Day 1 personal best while totaling 3,162 points through the first four events during Wednesday’s action at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
Strengthened by a lifetime best clearance of 5 feet, 7 ¾ inches in the high jump, Jernbeck finished just 41 points shy of her Day 1 personal record of 3,203 points set at the 2011 European Junior Athletics Championships in Tallin, Estonia, where she finished with a personal-best heptathlon score of 5,324 points in a 12th-place finish for her native Sweden.
Jernbeck opened the competition by running a seasonal-best wind-aided time of 15.21 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles for 814 points in the first event of the day.
She then followed by smashing her lifetime PR in the high jump with a career-best clearance of 5-7 ¾ on her second attempt. Jernbeck, who entered the competition with a best of 5-5 ¼ that was also set at the 2011 European Junior Athletics Championships, matched her career best following first-attempt clearances at 5-1 ¾ and 5-3, a third-attempt clearance at 5-4 ¼ and a first-attempt clearance at 5-5 ¼.
She took her performance to another level while breaking her lifetime best by 2 ½ inches with clearances of 5-6 ½ on her third attempt and 5-7 ¾ on her second attempt for 879 points in the high jump. Jernbeck ended her freshman season indoors with a seasonal-best mark of 5-4 ¼ at the 2013 SEC Indoor Championships.
Jernbeck tied for the fourth-best mark during Wednesday’s high jump before finishing strong in the shot put and 200 meters in her collegiate debut in the heptathlon.
She then added 675 points with a fourth-place finish in the shot put as she posted a series-best throw of 40-0 ¾ before scoring 794 points with a wind-aided time of 26.04 in the 200-meter dash in the day’s final event.
Jernbeck ended the day in 14th place among the 24 athletes starting the competition at the Texas Relays with her total of 3,162 points. Mississippi State sophomore and NCAA Indoor pentathlon champion Erica Bougard leads the competition with 3,570 points, followed by Arkansas’ Makeba Alcide in second place with 3,480 points and Texas A&M’s Annie Kunz in third place with 3,471 points.
Day 2 of the women’s heptathlon at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays is set to start at 11 a.m. CT with the long jump. The Tigers and Lady Tigers will compete in their first open field events of the meet at 12:30 p.m., followed by the start of the relay events at 5:35 p.m. on Thursday evening at Texas’ Mike A. Myers Stadium.
MSU's Bougard Leads Heptathalon After Day One
AUSTIN, Texas – To kick off action in the Lone Star State, sophomore Erica Bougard was the only athlete to represent Mississippi State track and field on Wednesday at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
Bougard began part one of a two-day heptathlon competition by clocking a 13.39 in the 100-meter hurdles to earn 1,066 points. After winning the first event of the meet, the young Bulldog set a personal-best clearance of 6 feet in the high jump to stay in the lead and gain another 991 points.
Later in the day, Bougard picked up 551 points, throwing for 33-10.75 in the shot put. Her 17th-place finish in the event did not slow her down, as she sealed day-one heptathlon action with a time of 24.20 seconds in the 200-meter dash. Bougard finished with 3,570 points on the day after winning the 200-meter dash and is the leader heading into Thursday’s completion of the competition.
“I couldn’t have asked for better performances today from Erica,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “She’s off to a great start, and I’m looking forward to seeing what she can do tomorrow.”
Tomorrow the Byhalia, Miss., native will resume her quest to win the heptathlon as events continue at 11 a.m. The long jump, javelin and 800-meter run remain in store for Bougard.
Field events will also be under way on Thursday, beginning with the hammer throw at 12:30 p.m., followed by the start of running events at 4:30 p.m. For complete updates on the 2013 Texas Relays, visit texassports.com and follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@msutracksarah).
Alcide Sits in Second for Arkansas After Opening Day in Texas
FAYETTEVILLE – After day one of the heptathlon at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, senior Makeba Alcide is in second place in the overall standings. The Razorback senior posted a day-one total of 3,480 points through the first four events of the two-day competition. Alcide used a personal-best performance in the final event Wednesday to move from third to second place.
In her first event of the day, Alcide matched the third-fastest time of her career with a performance of 13.96 in the 100-meter hurdles. The result was worth 984 points which put her in fifth place heading into event two, the high jump. With a final clearance of 1.72m/5-7.75 in the high jump, the Razorback senior added 879 points to her total and moved into third place in the overall standings.
The Castries, St. Lucia, native remained in third place overall following the shot put. Alcide had a day’s best mark of 12.16m/39-10.75. The throw was worth 672 points and she entered the 200 meters with a three-event total of 2,535 points. Alcide capped the day with a personal-best performance of 24.38 at 200 meters to add a final 945 points to her day-one total. She took nearly three tenths off her previous best of 24.65 from the 2012 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Alcide wraps up the heptathlon Thursday with the final three events—long jump, javelin, 800 meters—of the two-day competition. Day two of the Texas Relays for the Razorbacks will also feature preliminary action in the 400-meter hurdles and field action in the open javelin. Sparkle McKnight enters the weekend as the NCAA leader in the 400-meter hurdles with her time of 56.62 from last weekend.
In addition to the Texas Relays (#TXRelays13), the Razorbacks are also scheduled for competition this weekend at their home Spring Invitational in Fayetteville and the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. Arkansas’ home meet begins Saturday at John McDonnell Field with field events slated for a 9:30 a.m. (CT) start. Running events begin at 1:30 p.m. The Razorbacks’ distance crew will compete out west Friday and Saturday at Cobb Track & Angell Field.
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