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McMullen Finishes Third In Pentathlon

Feb 25, 2021

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USAFA — Colorado track and field combined event athletes took to the track Thursday at the 2021 Championships at the Peak with the completion of the women's pentathlon and the first half of the men's heptathlon.

NCAA Championship hopeful Avery McMullen started off the competition strong with a personal best in the hurdles which led her to posting a third-place overall finish in the pentathlon and a five-point personal best mark of 3919.

Her mark would've been the 11th best in the nation this season, but the two ahead of her will drop her to 13th at this very moment. The SEC Championships pentathlon also concluded with two women posting better marks that hadn't previously been ahead of McMullen, who now sits on the bubble at 15th awaiting the ACC, Big 12 and BIG TEN Championship pentathlons tomorrow along with other conference championships and meets around the nation.  

McMullen started off with a personal-best of 8.58 in the 60 hurdles before hitting the same marks in the high jump and shot put that she had in her best pentathlon last year at the CU Invite. Her 1.72 meter clearance in the high jump ties her personal-best mark, while her 10.62 meter shot put was just 10 centimeters off of her best ever mark.

She fell off her 4,000-point pace with a jump of 5.77 meters in the long jump on her final attempt, leaving her needing to run 2:23 in the 800 to break the barrier, four seconds better than her personal best.

Heading into the final race, McMullen led by five points over Nevada's Nicola Ader. BYU's Halley Folsom took the team and showed no signs of slowing up, winning the race in 2:15.02 uncontested. McMullen held onto Ader but in the end finished sixth in the 800 in 2:30.26, dropping her to third overall in the competition with a final score of 3919, a five-point personal best.

Also for the Buffs, Jada Green, Kara Lucyk and Elise Gillett completed their first postseason championship pentathlon. Green finished seventh with a mark of 3587, a 300-point personal best. Lucyk was right behind her in eighth with a mark of 3347, a 900-point improvement. Gillett finished in 10th with a 700-point best of 3072. McMullen, Green and Lucyk all picked up nine team points for the women.

All of the women's best scoring event was the hurdles, a normal thing for the pentathlon. McMullen picked up 1000 points with her 8.58, which is a personal best and keeps her at ninth in school history behind fellow sophomore Tamia Badal who ran 8.57 last week. Green ran 8.85 and had a great shot put of 12.35 meters, while Lucyk ran 8.90 in the hurdles. Both Green and Lucyk also cleared 1.57 in the high jump.

For the men, Bianco closed out his first day placing 13th in the 60 dash at 7.59 seconds, ninth in the long jump at 6.37 meters, 13th in the shot put at 10.07 meters and 11th in the high jump at 1.76 meters. He has his best events coming up with the pole vault, hurdles and 1,000 tomorrow.


Women's Pentathlon: 1. Halley Folsom (BYU) 3954; 3. Avery McMullen (COLO) 3919; 7. Jada Green (COLO) 3587; 8. Kara Lucyk (COLO) 3347; 10. Elise Gillett (COLO) 3072


WOMEN (1 Event Scored)

1. BYU: 10

2. Colorado: 9

3. Nevada: 8

4. Arizona: 5

5. Tulane: 4

6. CSU: 3