Triple digit temperatures made for much shuffling of the schedule in Sacramento. Madison grad Chari Hawkins is in eighth place through four events of the heptathlon while 2016 Shelley grad LeAnn Larkin placed sixth in the junior 1,500 and scratched the 3,000, which was moved to roughly 45 minutes after the 1,500 ended.
Hawkins, Larkin wrap up Saturday at U.S. Outdoors
Hawkins is in eighth in heptathlon while Larkin took sixth in the junior 1,500
By MARLOWE HEREFORD
Chari Hawkins completed the first day of hepthathlon while LeAnn Larkin came away with a personal best time on Saturday at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento.
Hawkins, a 2010 Madison graduate and five-time All-American at Utah State now in her second year as a professional athlete with the Santa Barbara Track Club, is in eighth place in the heptathlon standings with 3,515 points through four events. She placed 10th in 100 hurdles in 13.75 seconds, placed seventh in high jump upon clearing five feet, 7.25 inches, placed third in shot put with a mark of 43-5.75 and placed 12th in the 200 with a time of 24.96 seconds.
Erica Bougard leads heptathlon with 3,966 points. Heptathlon resumes today at noon Mountain Time with long jump. The top three placers in each event at Outdoors qualify for the International Association of Athletics Federations Outdoor World Championships scheduled for August 4-13 in London if they have not already met the automatic qualifying standard. The qualification window closes July 23. Results are available at http://results.usatf.org/2017Outdoors/. A livetream is available through NBC Sports Gold. Live coverage is also available by following @RunnerSpace_com, @usatf, @dyestat and @nbcolympictalk on Twitter and by searching for the hashtag #USATFOutdoors.
Larkin, a 2016 Shelley graduate who just completed her freshman year at Utah State, moved up one position in the bell lap to finish sixth in the junior women’s 1,500 meter finals in 4:32.23. Per her milesplit.com profile, that time is a personal best for her. Her previous best was 4:32.60 from April which qualified her for Junior Outdoors. She also qualified for Saturday’s junior women’s 3,000 meter finals, but scratched them. The 3,000 meter finals took place roughly 45 minutes after the 1,500 due to the 1,500 being changed to a finals only format. It was one of several events that had to be rescheduled with 100 degree heat in Sacramento.
She is the first local athlete to qualify for Junior Outdoors, which is for athletes 20 years old and younger, since Elsja Mecham, a current BYU athlete who won eight state track gold medals and set the 4A 100 hurdles state record in two seasons at Rigby before moving to Utah in 2014. The top two finishers in each event at Junior Outdoors qualify for the Pan Am Junior Championships scheduled for July 21-23 in Trujillo, Peru.