Leah Kay clears the bar in the high jump during her record-setting runner-up performance in the NCAA Heptathlon.
(pic courtesy of Baldwin-Wallace Sports Information)
Two Records & An All-American!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: May 28, 2010
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BEREA, Ohio (5/28/10)-- Cobber senior Leah Kay saved her best multi-event for last. On Friday Kay catapulted from 10th place to second place in the heptathlon at the NCAA National Outdoor Meet to earn the sixth All-American honor of her career. Along the way Kay shattered the school record in the heptathlon (4,812 pts.) and the javelin (146-08).
The NCAA runner-up finish is the highest for a Cobber athlete since 2006 when Angie Pfeiffer finished second in the 400 meters at the NCAA Indoor Meet. It is the highest finish for a CC athlete at a national outdoor meet since 1998 when Laura Utke was runner-up in the hammer throw.
Kay entered the final day of the heptathlon in sixth place and then made her move to the top of the leaderboard after Friday's first event. She posted a distance of 15-06.75 in the long jump and fell to 10th place after scoring 490 points - the fewest of any of the seven events for Kay. She then came up with two of the best performances of her career. Kay reached deep and unleashed a mark of 146-08 in the javelin. The distance on her third, and final, throw of the event bettered the Cobber school record by two feet. The old mark was of 144-05 was set by Nicole Plante in 2005. Kay's record-setting toss was good for 758 points and moved her up seven spots from 10th place to third.
Kay finished off the heptathlon by running a 2:24.38 in the 800 meters which netted her 765 points - the most of any event for Kay - and bumped her into second place. Her time in the 800 meters is a season best by over three seconds.
Kay scored at least 700 points in five of the seven events and her final total of 4,812 points is 172 more than Plante's school record of 4,640 set in 2005. The final total is also 188 better than Kay's previous best in the event which she posted in 2008.
Kay finishes her multi-event career by holding the school record in both the indoor pentathlon and the outdoor heptathlon.
She will cap off her 2010 NCAA Outdoor Meet by competing in the open high jump on Saturday, May 29 beginning at 11:30 a.m.
2010 NCAA Heptathlon Results
1. Courtney Hartman, Sr, Bridgewater, 4904 total points