Creary Leads Penn Relays Heptathlon After One Day Of Competition
April 22, 2008
Keneisha Creary is off to a hot start on day one of the heptathlon competition at the Penn Relays as the senior notched four lifetime-bests on Tuesday highlighted by a clearance of 5-11.25 in the high jump. She ended the day with a personal-best total of 3205 points and is on pace to pick up an NCAA provisional qualifying mark on Wednesday (5050 points).
Creary is competing in only the second heptathlon of her career after having been converted from a high/triple jumper in 2007 to a multi-event athlete in 2008.
She opened up the day in the high hurdles with a best run of 15.66 for eighth overall (756 points). Creary had a previous best mark of 16.58 in the high hurdles. In the high jump, Creary won the contest with a lifetime-best mark of 5-11.25 (991 points), six inches better then the nearest competitor. That mark is tied for fourth in the nation this season.
In the shot put, Creary upped her season-best by nearly six feet with a throw of 40-8.25 as she also won the event and picked up 688 points. In the final event of the day, the 200m, Creary ran a lifetime-best 26.31 (previous best, 26.72) to place fourth overall. She picked up 770 points in the event to end the day in the lead with 3205 points.
Senior Georgea Richards stands in third place with a score of 2860 points after opening the day with a win in the high hurdles (14.64, 890 pts). She then cleared 4-11.50 in the high jump (632 pts/tied for sixth overall) and threw a season-best 33-8.75 in the shot put (548 pts.) to place fifth overall in the event. In the 200m, Richards ran the second-fastest time of the day, 26.08, to pick up 790 points.
Sophomore Hillary Werth is in sixth-place overall with a score of 2767, which is a season-best first-day total. Werth was sixth in the 100m hurdles (15.38/792 pts.), tied for sixth in the high jump (4-11.50/632 pts.), was second in the shot put with a season-best 36-5.50 (602 pts.) and sixth in the 200m (season-best 26.65/741 pts.).
Competition continues on Thursday with the final three events of the heptathlon - the long jump, javelin and 800m