BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - University of Northern Iowa freshman Paige Knodle sits in fifth place after the first day of the heptathlon at the USA Track & Field Junior Championships. Knodle tallied 3,026 points through the first four events.
The freshman from Byron, Ill., opened with a time of 14.03 seconds in the 100m hurdles. She cleared 5-00.50 (1.54m) in the long jump and posted a toss of 30-11.25 (9.43m) in the shot put. Knodle closed her day with a personal-best clocking of 24.92 seconds in the 200m.
Kendell Williams leads after the first day with 3,431 points.
Knodle owns the top performances among the heptathlon competitors in the javelin and 800m - the final two of the three events to be contested on Sunday.
The USA Junior Championships serve as a qualifier for this year's IAAF World Junior Championships. The top two finishers in the heptathlon will be part of the American team that will compete in Barcelona, Spain, from July 10-15.
The meet is being held at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex on the campus of Indiana University. The heptathlon will resume at noon on Sunday with the final three events.