June 7, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - Senior Elizabeth Kline wrapped up her phenomenal career by placing 20th in the heptathlon at the NCAA National Championship Meet at Hayward Field on the campus of Oregon Friday afternoon.
Kline entered the second day of competition in 19th place after Thursday's first four events. On Friday, Kline placed 21st in both the long jump and the javelin, and 5th in the 800 meter run.
"Four years ago, Elizabeth never visualized being at the NCAA National Championship Meet," head coach Alonzo Webb said. "I just talked to her and I told her how proud I am of her. She might not realize it now, but she will look back to this moment down the road and be able to say that she reached the NCAA National Championship Meet and was able to compete with top 24 collegiate athletes in the United States. She competed well and she belonged here, so I was really proud of her for that."
The long jump was the opening event of the day, and Kline posted a distance of 5.58m which moved her up two spots to 17th place overall. She then had a personal-record of 30.63m in the javelin, but fell back to 22nd overall heading into the seventh and final event of the 800 meter run.
In front of 10,183 fans, Kline won her heat of the 800 meter run and was just shy of setting her career-best as she crossed the line in 2:13.78. She was two seconds clear of second place.
The senior complied 5,419 total points in the heptathlon and set two PR's at the NCAA National Championship Meet (high jump, javelin). Lindsay Vollmer of Kansas won the event with 6,086 points.
Carvin Nkanata will conclude action for the Panthers tomorrow in the finals of the 200 meter dash. Nkanata runs for a national title at 2:50 p.m. PST and fans can watch the race live on ESPNU.
"I talked to Carvin about not holding anything back," Webb said. "He belongs in this race and I told him to have no regrets. He is going to give it 100 percent and hopefully the outcome is in our favor. If he is on, he could be the National Champ."