March 23, 2007
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of New Mexico sophomore Sandy Fortner recorded a personal best mark of 39' 10" in the shot put to finish the first day of the Jim Click heptathlon competition in fourth place on Thursday at Arizona. Bolstered by her second place finish in the shot put, Fortner posted a score of 3,030 with three events remaining today. Michigan's Bettie Wade is the current leader with a score of 3,451.
Points were tough to come by on a challenging afternoon that saw high winds and thunderstorms roll through Tucson. Fortner opened the competition with a time of 15.39 in the 100-meter hurdles (sixth) and then tied for fourth in the high jump with a mark of 5' 4 1/2". She then capped the day with a time of 26.13 (sixth) in the 200 meters.
The heptathlon wraps up today with the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run. Weather conditions are expected to improve a bit with a 40 percent chance of rain, winds of 10-15 miles per hour and a high of 65.
Fortner, who owns a career-best score of 5,190 in the heptathlon, is 2,020 points shy of the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the event.