AUSTIN – Texas A&M junior Jena Hemann completed the first day of the heptathlon with 3,237 points in the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium. The tally has Hemann currently in eighth place among a field of 24 entrants.
Leading the heptathlon is Brittney Howell of Penn State with 3,442 points followed by Alex Gochenour of Arkansas with 3,431 points. The rest of the top five includes Lindsay Vollmer of Kansas (3,367), Karli Johonnot of Duke (3,311) and Leigha Brown of Arkansas (3,303).
Amid a day with cool temperature along with a brisk wind that picked up speed as the day progressed, Hemann started off the seven-event multi with a 14.64 in the 100 hurdles (+2.2 wind) for 890 points. She added 842 more points in the high jump with a clearance of 5-6.5, matching what she has cleared the past two years here.
“I was hoping to go a little higher in the high jump,” said Hemann. “Because I know I’ve been consistently making 5-8. When I missed at the 5-7 bar, though, it was kind of disappointing.”
In the shot put Hemann had a foul on her first attempt, but responded with a 39-10.5 in the second round to produce the second best mark on the day. That earned Hemann 671 points and moved her into sixth place up from 11th place.
“The effort moved me up in the standings, but I wasn’t pleased with the mark,” noted Hemann. “I can throw over 42 feet, which I just did indoors at nationals a couple of weeks ago.”
Closing out the first day of the heptathlon in the 200 meters, Hemann clocked 25.58 (+3.4 wind) for 834 points, which caused her to slip slightly to eighth place overall.
“You could definitely feel a stronger wind by the time we ran the 200,” said Hemann. “In accelerating as much as you can through the first 100 it was a steady head wind. Then the wind helped in the final 100 to the finish.”
Hemann was in fifth place after day one of the 2013 Texas Relays with 3,344 points and ended up in fourth place with 5,531 points after contesting the long jump, javelin and 800 meters on the second day. As a freshman at the Texas Relays in 2012, Hemann scored 3,121 for 13th place on the first day and improved to eighth place with a solid second day to score 5,300 points.
“I’m looking forward to all three events tomorrow,” stated Hemann. “Just because with the long jump I feel like I can get something like I did at indoor nationals (19-1.25). Hopefully the wind won’t be quite as bad tomorrow. I absolutely love javelin and hope to score well there heading into the 800.”
Joining Hemann in competition on Thursday at the Texas Relays will be Aggie athletes competing in the prelims of the 400 hurdles as well as the finals of the men’s 4x800 relay, 3000m steeplechase and 5000 meters. Thursday field event finals include Casey Strong is in the men’s hammer while the women’s B division javelin will include Krystyn Bradley and Jean Deason.