Found out some news about Chari Hawkins thanks to Instagram. She and two of her Santa Barbara Track Club teammates will compete in the annual Thorpe Cup later this month. It is a heptathlon and decathlon only event between U.S. and German athletes and takes place in Dusseldorf, Germany, this year.
The Medal Stand: Hawkins to compete in Thorpe Cup
By MARLOWE HEREFORD
A whirlwind summer continues for Chari Hawkins, who is weeks away from competing in an international meet.
Hawkins, a 2010 Madison High School graduate and five-time All-American at Utah State who is now a professional heptathlete for the Santa Barbara Track Club, will represent the U.S. in the annual Thorpe Cup. The event, which began in 1993, consists of decathletes and heptathletes from the United States and Germany. Each national team consists of seven decathletes and seven heptathletes who receive a predetermined number of points based on their performances in each of the decathlon and heptathlon events, per the USA Track and Field website. The overall men’s and women’s winners are determined by adding the top five men’s and top five women’s scores together.
Hawkins and her SBTC teammates Lindsay Schwartz and Lindsay Lettow are among the seven hepathletes who will compete for the U.S. in the Thorpe Cup. Germany and the U.S. take turns hosting the Thorpe Cup every other year. This year’s event is scheduled for July 29-30 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Hawkins is coming off a seventh place finish in the heptathlon on June 26 at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento.
Coming up locally
Saturday is the 11th annual Multisport weekend at Rigby Lake consisting of a sprint and intermediate distance triathlon, a sprint distance triathlon and aquabike race. Start times are 7:30 a.m. for the Olympic triathlon and aquabike and 8:30 a.m. for sprint triathlon and sprint duathlon (a bike portion and two running portions, one of which replaces the swimming portion).
Team USA Update
The Phillips 66 National Championships ended last Saturday in Indianapolis with 44 swimmers, 24 men and 20 women, qualifying to represent the U.S. at the FINA World Championships scheduled for July 14-30 in Budapest, Hungary. Of them, Olympians Caeleb Dressel, Katie Ledecky and Leah Smith will have the busiest schedules. Dressel and Ledecky will each compete in four individual events and one relay while Leah Smith qualified in five individual events.
The U.S. national soccer team begins play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday with a match against Panama. The team is coming off a 2-1 win over Ghana last weekend in an international friendly. Dom Dwyer and Kelyn Rowe, both receiving their first caps, scored for the U.S.