Pack's Wadden in good position at NCAA's in Heptathlon
EUGENE, ORE. —
Wrapping up a wet and long day one of the heptathlon, Nevada Wolf Pack senior Nicole Wadden sits in 11th after four events at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Wadden’s total of 3,265 points puts her in the top half of the talented field of 24 and just 45 points out of the top eight. The second day, including the long jump and 800 meter, feature some of Wadden’s strongest events. The javelin will be competed in between the two.
“I’ve been kind of disappointed with my performances, but everyone has been down because of the weather,” Wadden said. “I feel good about where I am. My goal was top 12 after the first day, because day two is my stronger day.”
Under an absolute downpour, Wadden started the day off in the 100m hurdles. Taking lane five in the final heat, she powered through the rain down the whole stretch. Wadden crossed the finish line in 13.94 and scored 987 points. She was the 10th finisher.
Wadden moved up three spots to seventh with her high jump mark of 5 feet and 6.5 inches (1.69m). Water stayed puddled across the high jump pad as most jumpers struggled to hit their personal records.
Next up was the shot put, and the rain really started coming down. Although Wadden fouled on her first throw, she ended the event with a best mark of 36 feet and 7.5 inches (11.16m). The 606 points she got from the performance helped her hold on in the top third of the heptathlon group, eighth out of 24 with 2,435 total points.
With a break in the weather and several hours after the shot put, the 200m dash, the final event of day one, was run. Wadden took 17th in the event with a time of 25.63, moving her to 11th with three events to go.
The final day of the heptathlon is set to get underway Saturday morning at 11:30 PT with the long jump, followed by the javelin throw. The final event, the 800 meter, is slated for 5:13 p.m. PT. All of the multi event action can be seen live on ESPN3.