Multi-Event Athletes Headline Day One of Nationals

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 22nd, 2014

 

Becky Collier

Becky Collier

Competing in the heat and humidity of the Alabama Gulf Coast, Westmont Track and Field athletes have completed the first day of competition at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship.

After four events, Westmont freshman Becky Collier is currently in fourth place in the women’s heptathlon with 2,986 points. Collier finished seventh in all four of today’s events except for the high jump, which she won. Her mark of 1.77 meters (5-9.75) in the high jump was 0.06 meters and 74 points better than second place finisher Brittany Greene of Cornerstone (Mich.). Greene leads the overall competition after the first day with 3,289 points.

Kristan Holding is in 11th place after the first day with 2,610 points. Holding’s best mark was also in the high jump where she finished ninth with a mark of 1.56 meters (5-1.25). Holding finished 10th in the 200 meters, 11th in the 100 meter hurdles and 12th in the shot put.

In the men’s decathlon, Ben McCollum ranks ninth after the first five events, just one place and 35 points out of earning all-American recognition. McCollum earned sixth place finishes in both the long jump and the 400 meter dash. In the long jump he posted a mark of 6.47 meters (21-2.75) and completed the 400 meters in a time of 50.71. McCollum finished tied for ninth in the high jump, 13th in the 100 meter dash and tied for 14th in the shot put.

The 4 x 800 meter team of David Donner, John Nealon, Evan Bradford and Nathan Evans finished third in the first heat with a time of 7:41.83. The Warriors had the 10th best time overall, but did not advance to the finals. Taylor Frantom tied for 13th in the women’s pole vault, clearing 3.40 meters (11-1.75).

Tomorrow will bring the conclusion of the multi-events with Collier, Holding and McCollum seeking to score points for the Warriors and earn all-American titles. Also competing tomorrow will be Elysia Hodges in the women’s 400 meter dash trials. Hodges will run in the third of three heats that will advance the top two from each heat plus the next two fastest times.

Tomorrow evening, the 4 x 400 meter trials will take place. The women’s 4 x 400 will begin at 7:45 with Karlie Storkson, Ceci Adams, Lorien Patmore, Kaylin Koopmans scheduled for the first of three heats. The men’s trials will begin at 8:15 p.m. Westmont is scheduled in the third of three heats.

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Ben McCollum

Ben McCollum

Kristan Holding

Kristan Holding