SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The heptathlon wrapped up from the 2017 Big Sky Outdoor Conference Championships Thursday afternoon, with Northern Arizona University mutli athletes Sara Murray and Helena McLeod representing the Lumberjacks well before preliminary and final events get underway tomorrow.
Competing in four events yesterday, Murray and McLeod finished out the remaining three events of the women's heptathlon today with the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run. Murray, in fact, set a new personal best in the heptathlon, accumulating 4,167 points while McLeod turned in a respectable 4,359 points.
Murray started her afternoon setting a new career-best in the long jump with a distance of 17-0.75 (5.20m) on her second jump. That mark bested her old PR by three inches en route to finishing 12th in the field.
Murray continued with her impressive day, also recording a new PR in the javelin 83-11 (25.59m). The freshman's final event was the 800m run, in which she ran a 2:44.60 time.
On the flip side, McLeod registered marks of 17-1.50 (5.22m) and 93-00 (28.34m) in the long jump and javelin throw, respectively. With her performance, McLeod scored 11th place finishes in both. The freshman closed out her afternoon and heptathlon efforts with a 2:39.49 time in the 800m.
Big Sky Championships will begin scoring preliminary and final events tomorrow beginning at 1 p.m. with the men's hammer throw. Events on the track will begin at 3 p.m. with the women's steeplechase.