Outdoor Track: Sari-Bentzur Finishes 22nd In Career Finale
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Although not an ideal finish, senior Keren Sari-Bentzur concluded her stellar three-year career at the University of New Mexico with a 22nd place finish in the heptathlon this afternoon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Sari-Bentzur moved up three spots to finish with a score of 4,887. The Omer, Israel native was a 10-time all-Mountain West Conference honoree and will also earn academic all-conference honors for the third-straight year.
Sari-Bentzur struggled to get on track in her final competition, opening the day with a 13th place finish in the long jump. She fell well short of her career best, recording a mark of 18-03.50 after missing the board on her final two attempts. Following a 24th place effort in the javelin (100-01), she finished 18th in the 800 with a time of 2:26.60. Her final score was the lowest of her collegiate career and 484 points off her career-best of 5,371.
Georgia junior Hyleas Fountain cruised to the overall victory with final score of 5,999. Former Lobo and current Idaho senior Angela Whyte notched 5,745 points to place third, while MWC Champion Leslie Miller of San Diego State was sixth with 5,395 points. SDSU freshman Shannon Meyer, the MWC Freshman of the Year, was 15th with 5,126 points.
Complete results of the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships can be found at: www.hornetsports.com/ncaa/