Rusnak Back In Top-10 With Heptathlon Score
JIM CLICK SHOOTOUT
Apr. 8-10 | Tucson, Ariz.
Roy P. Drachman Stadium
TUCSON, Ariz. - Junior All-American Hannah Rusnak completed her first multi-event since the 2020 MPSF Indoor Championships and first heptathlon since the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships today at Arizona's Jim Click Multis. Rusnak had a strong second day this afternoon at Roy P. Drachman Stadium and wound up with a final score of 5,508 points, moving her into the top-10 nationally this season.
Rusnak now has the four best heptathlon totals in Washington school history. Her record from the 2019 NCAA Outdoor meet stands at 5,779 points. Contingent on other results from around the country this weekend, Rusnak's score could rank her as high as No. 6.
Today started with a big season-best and a win the long jump as she went 19-7 1/2 despite jumping into a headwind, just an inch and a half off her career-best. The javelin was her big PR of the week, as she won that event as well with a toss of 148-6, a seven-foot PR. Her second-best mark was just one inch shorter, at 148-5. Rusnak finished with an 800-meters time of 2:34.42.
Lyndsey Lopes had a strong first day but did not continue after the long jump where she went 17-11 1/2.
On the men's side, Parker Kennedy navigated through five more events today to wrap up his decathlon and post a new career-best score with 6,907 points, placing fourth overall. Kennedy was near his personal-bests in all five events today, starting with the 110m hurdles which he ran in 16.03. Next up was the discus where he threw 112-11. A 15-5 make in the pole vault got him 819 points for his second-best scoring event of the competition, behind the 400-meters on Friday. He threw the javelin 162-6 and then took third in the final 1,500-meters in 4:42.59.
Ollie Thorner competed in select events today as well. He went 126-3 in the discus and cleared 14-9 in the pole vault. Thorner then had the fourth-best javelin toss at 171-4.
Tomorrow the rest of the Dawgs get into the action, starting with the hammer throw at 1 p.m. and first running events are set for 5:20 p.m.