Collier to Represent Westmont at USA Junior Nationals

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 25th, 2014

 

Becky Collier

Becky Collier

By Josh Priester

Becky Collier will become the first Track & Field athlete to represent Westmont at the USA Junior National Track & Field Championships.

Collier enjoyed a tremendous freshman season of competition in both indoor and outdoor track and field, which culminated in a national runner-up finish in the high jump, as well as a fourth-place finish in the heptathlon.

Her indoor season included a fifth-place finish in the pentathlon and a seventh-place finish in the high jump. In all, Collier earned four NAIA All-American awards and set two school records during her freshman campaign.

Already the school record holder in both the heptathlon (4,871 points) and the high jump (1.78m), Collier qualified for the upcoming national championship in both events. She will compete only in the heptathlon at the USA Championships.

The USA Junior Championships consist primarily of student-athletes who have just completed their freshman season of competition. Athletes qualify for the meet by achieving a performance standard during their 2014 season. The championship is meant to identify young and upcoming talent in the United States. Collier will be the lone NAIA athlete competing in the heptathlon.

The heptathlon is a seven event competition which measures speed, strength and stamina. Athletes earn points in each event based on performance. The competition is held over two days with the 100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and the 200 meters on day one. The second day features competition in the long jump, javelin and 800 meters.

The USA Junior Combined Events Championship will be held June 25-26 at Hornet Stadium on the campus of California State University Sacramento. The venue hosted both the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Trials.