April 24, 2008
Day\ One\ Heptathlon\ Results
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - University of New Mexico junior Sandy Fortner posted a score of 3,220 through the first four events of the heptathlon today at Colorado State's Glenn Morris Multi-Event competition. Fortner shattered her career-best in the shot put with a winning throw of 44' 6 1/4" (13.57m) and trails rival Emily Pearson of CSU by 125 points with three events remaining on Friday.
Ranked 15th in the country in the heptathlon entering the day, Fortner got off to a bit of a slow start with a time of 14.73* in the 100-meter hurdles (third) and mark of 5' 2 1/2" (1.59m) in the high jump (tied for fourth).
She surged up the standings, however, with a magnificent performance in the shot, improving on her previous best - set earlier this year at the Texas Relay heptathlon competition - by a full 18 inches. Fortner's mark was almost four feet beyond the runner-up in the event.
The Fort Sumner, N.M. product capped the day with a time of 25.50* to finish third in the 200.
Pearson, ranked 12th in the nation, leads the competition with a score of 3,325 points while CSU teammate and All-American Katie Lloyd is in second with a slim four-point lead over Fortner. The heptathlon resumes on Friday with the long jump, javelin throw and 800-meter run.