AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas A&M’s multi-event sophomore pair of Jena Hemann and Annie Kunz both set career best scores in placing fourth and fifth in the Texas Relays heptathlon. Hemann scored 5,531 points, moving to No. 5 on the Aggie all-time list, while Kunz totaled 5,442 points, now No. 6 all-time.
Erica Bougard of Mississippi State claimed the heptathlon title with 5,649 points while Lindsay Vollmer of Kansas moved into second place with a score of 5,578 and Arkansas’ Makeba Alcide finished third with a 5,576.
“After missing the NCAA Indoor field by a seven points, I just knew every point in each event is important,” said Hemann. “My main goal out here this weekend was to fight for each point I could get. I wanted to make sure I got a good score.
“Coach and I talked before the 800 and he told me what I needed to do to score over 5,500. So I was pretty set to get that score.”
Kunz noted: “When Jena and I do our best I think we can compete with the top competitors in the field. I think we make each other better when we compete together.”
The second day of the heptathlon opened with the long jump. Kunz turned in a windy leap of 18-10 (3.7 wind) for 771 points while Hemann had a mark of 18-3.75 (1.8 wind) to score 723 points. In the javelin Hemann turned in the better performance with a toss of 136-10 for 700 points while Kunz fell back in her total score with only 433 points off a throw of 90-9.
“I really surprised myself in the long jump after having PRs the day before in the hurdles and 200,” said Kunz. “I still have room for improvement in the javelin and shot put, but I still have a few weeks to work on those events before conference to get that down.”
Closing the multi with the 800 meters, the Aggie tandem ran together. Kunz finished first in 2:24.20 while Hemann was a step behind in 2:24.42, scoring 767 and 764 points, respectively.
“After yesterday I was a little upset with my high jump, but I didn’t let that get me down,” noted Hemann. “I was able to finish strong with a good 200 time. I was hoping to do really well in the long jump and the javelin, thinking I’d pick up some points there. When I didn’t score as well in the long jump I knew I had to make up those points in the javelin.”