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KU’s Vollmer wins NCAA heptathlon

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Friday, June 7, 2013, at 10:59 p.m.

Kansas sophomore Lindsay Vollmer won the hepthatlon Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Vollmer logged personal bests in six of the seven heptathlon events and scored 6,086 points — 442 points better than her previous top heptathlon total. Her marks on Friday: 20 feet, 2 1/2 inches in the long jump, 151-6 in the javelin and 2:19.36 in the 800 meters.

Wichita State’s Tanya Friesen also earned All-America honors in the event, finishing fifth with a school-record 5,899 points.

Vollmer’s title helped the Kansas women’s team build a 15-point lead heading into Saturday’s final day of competition.

KU senior Andrea Geubelle finished second in the triple jump (46-4 3/4) and junior Natlia Bartnovskaya placed second in the pole vault (14-5 1/4).

The Jayhawks have three chances to score points in Saturday’s eight events — the women’s 400 relay enters with the sixth-fastest qualifying time, Paris Daniels has the third-best 200 qualifying time and the 1600 relay qualified with the sixth-fastest time.

In men’s competition, KU’s Michael Sitgler finished second and Maize High graduate Miles Ukaoma of Nebraska finished sixth in the 400 hurdles; Mississippi’s Isiah Young of Junction City finished third in the 100. Wichita State’s Tomas Cotter finished ninth in the steeplechase in 8:45.10.

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