Richards Stands In Second After Day One Of RJ/JJK Invite Heptathlon
April 10, 2008
Senior Georgea Richards stands in second-place after day one of the heptathlon competition at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational and is less then 200 points shy of first-place. Richards ended the day with a four-event total of 2955 points as she posted lifetime and season-bests marks during the day.
Senior Keneisha Creary, who is competing in the first heptathlon of her career, is in third-place with a total of 2896 points. Sophomore Hillary Werth, who hasn't competed in a multi-event competition in four years, currently stands in fifth-place with 2750 points.
In the first event of the day, the 100m hurdles, Richards ran the fastest time of the day (14.46) to pick up 914 points. Then she tied for second in the high jump with a lifetime-best of 5-1.75 (701 pts.) and threw a season-best 32-3.50 in the shot put for fourth-place (519 pts.). She was third in the 200m (25.73, 821 pts.) to end the day.
Creary was sixth in the hurdles (16.58, 645 pts.). Prior to being transformed into a heptathlete, Creary was an NCAA competitor in the high jump for the Bruins, and showed why on Thursday as she won the event with a regional qualifying mark of 5-10 (953 pts.). That mark is one of the top-10 clearances in the country this season. She was third in the shot put (34-5.75, 563 pts.) and fifth in the 200m (26.72, 735 pts.).
Werth opened the day with a 100m hurdles time of 15.18 (818 pts.) and then cleared 4-11.50 in the high jump (632 pts.) as she was fifth in both events. She was second in the shot put with a season-best throw of 35-1.75 (576 pts.) and ended the day with a lifetime-best run in the 200m (26.85, 724).
Also on Thursday, four Bruin women competed in the open hammer. Freshman Katie Laich was the top finisher for UCLA as she threw a lifetime-best by over 13-feet to finish 13th overall (151-9). Senior Mary Hanley was 14th (151-8), senior Kristi Kirst was 22nd (140-9) and freshman Catherine White placed 26th (131-5).
In the invite section, former Bruin and current women's throws coach Jessica Cosby won the event with an Olympic Trials automatic qualifying mark of 222-5. Another former Bruin, Cari Soong, was sixth overall with a throw of 195-2.
Competition continues on Friday with the open section of the meet and the final three events of the heptathlon.