AUSTIN, Texas -- An impressive first day of marks in the heptathlon have the Aggie tandem of Annie Kunz and Jena Hemann in solid position at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Kunz is currently third with 3,471 points while Hemann sits in fifth place with 3,344.
Amid a morning with temperatures in the mid-40s along with a steady wind out of the south, Kunz and Hemann opened the seven-event competition with career best times in the 100 hurdles. Improvements over their marks from last year’s Texas Relays followed in the high jump, shot put and 200 meters.
SEC athletes currently hold five of the first six positions in the Texas Relays heptathlon, which started with 22 entries.
Mississippi State’s Erica Bougard leads with 3,570 points followed by Arkansas’ Makeba Alcide with 3,480 points. Following Kunz is Lindsay Vollmer of Kansas with 3,356 points while Florida’s Lorraine Graham trails Hemann with 3,285 points.
Last season Kunz was stationed in third place (3,316 points) after day one while Hemann was 13th (3,121 points). The second day events – long jump, javelin and 800 meters – turned their fortunes around as Hemann finished eighth with Kunz 12th in the competition.
Kunz won her section of the 100 hurdles in 13.85 seconds while Hemann finished second in another heat with a 14.44. The PR for Kunz scored 1,000 points while Hemann generated 917 points.
Both athletes cleared 5-7.75 (1.72) in the high jump for 879 points. In the shot put Hemann produced a mark of 41-9.25 (12.73) for 709 points while Kunz turned in a 39-11.25 (12.17).
With an aiding 4.4 wind in the 200 meters Kunz won her heat in 24.64 to add 920 more points to her total. Hemann finished third in the heat with a 25.12 for 876 points.