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Courtesy: Zolton Cohen

Heptathlon Marks Beginning of Sea Ray Relays

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 04/11/2012
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Western Michigan track and field team began competition at the 2012 Sea Ray Relays, hosted by Tennessee, with three individuals competing in the Heptathlon. The event, which began on Wednesday, will continue until Thursday afternoon.

Kathryn Pickett currently ranks fifth on the Heptathlon points list, with teammates Lindsey Hufnagel ranked seventh and Amanda Fenton ninth. Pickett's top finishes came in the High Jump, where she ranked sixth with a jump of 5-02.25, and in the 200m, where she finished sixth with a mark of 25.92.

"I thought it was a great effort, considering it was the first collegiate heptathlon for all three athletes," said head track and field coach Kelly Lycan.  "They started with a good performance in the 100m Hurdles, and mentally that was very important.  Hopefully we can get off to a similar start tomorrow."

The highest placements of the day belonged to Fenton and Hufnagel, although in different events. Fenton started the day with the Broncos' top performance in the 100m Hurdles, completing the dash in 14.89. Hufnagel would notch a pair of fifth-place finishes, recording a 9.04m/29-8 put in the Shot Put and a time of 25.77 in the 200m, just fractions of a second ahead of Pickett.

The Heptathlon will continue tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the Long Jump, Javelin, and 800m.