MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia senior Chelsea Carrier-Eades
posted a strong third-place finish to the heptathlon Friday evening at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Following Friday’s remaining three heptathlon events, the Buckhannon, W.Va., native posted a season-best 5,839 points through the seven events to top her season high of 5,821 from the Texas Relays. Oregon’s Brianne Theisen earned an NCAA meet record with 6,440 points to win the event, followed by UC Santa Barbara’s Barbara Nwaba with 5,927 points.
Wisconsin’s Jessica Flax placed fourth with 5,826 points, while Arizona State’s Keia Pinnick (5,761), San Diego State’s Allison Reaser (5,753) and 18 other athletes followed.
“We are very proud of Chelsea’s last two days,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “The heptathlon brings with it so many emotions with seven events coming together for one end result. We felt that on a perfect weekend she could be in the top three, so we are excited for her to pull this off.”
Coming into Friday’s events in fourth place overall in the multi-event, Carrier-Eades placed third in the long jump with a distance of 6.05 meters for 865 points, and followed with an 18th-place mark in the javelin throw at a distance of 32.93 meters for 532 points. She ended the day with a 12th-place finish in the 800-meter run in 2:16.92 for 866 points.
She will compete in the 100-meter hurdles finals Saturday at 1:14 p.m., while teammate Jessica O’Connell will compete in the 5,000-meter run finals at 1:19 p.m.
“She’ll go to bed tonight both satisfied and frustrated, but it is that desire that allows her to compete at this level with success,” Cleary says. “She’ll put it behind her and prepare for tomorrow’s hurdles finals.”
A full schedule of events for the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships can be found at ncaa.com.
Live streaming can be seen online at espn3.com or ESPNU on TV.
Live results are available at flashresults.com. Further information can be found on the Drake University athletics website, godrakebulldogs.com.Thursday - Carrier-Eades
(Hept) 1st … 100m hurdles … 13.15 … 1102 points
(Hept) T6th … High jump … 1.69m … 842 points
(Hept) 13th … Shot put … 11.46m … 625 points
(Hept) 1st … 200m dash … 23.73 … 1007 points
3rd ... 100m hurdles ... 12.78Friday – Carrier-Eades
(Hept) 3rd … Long jump … 6.05m … 865 points
(Hept) 18th … Javelin throw … 32.93m… 532 points
(Hept) 12th… 800-meter run … 2:16.92 … 866 pointsSaturday – Carrier-Eades and Jessica O’Connell
Carrier-Eades ... 100m hurdles finals… 1:14 p.m.
Jessica O’Connell ... 5,000m run finals ... 1:19 p.m.