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SOUTH CAROLINA'S HAMMOND TAKES DAY ONE LEAD IN SEA RAY RELAYS HEPTATHLON
Caitlin Ward cleared the bar at 1.51 meters today, good for 632 points.

Caitlin Ward cleared the bar at 1.51 meters today, good for 632 points.

April 7, 2004

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.

Vanderbilt's Josie Hahn charted a multi-events meet record Wednesday afternoon in the high jump, but South Carolina's Chelsea Hammond proved to be more consistent in taking the day one lead in the Sea Ray Relays heptathlon at the University of Tennessee's Tom Black Track.

Hammond, who was last year's Tony Wilson Memorial Award winner for field events at Sea Rays, collected 3,377 points to head into the final day atop the leader board. On her heels after four events is 2002 meet heptathlon victor Tacita Bass, formerly of South Carolina and now competing unattached, with 3,261. Eastern Michigan's Lela Nelson (3,233) and Hahn (3,169) hold down third and fourth places, respectively.

To forge her comfortable lead, Hammond took second in the 100m hurdles (14.09), second in the high jump (5-8.75/1.75m), seventh in the shot put (35-4.50/10.78m) and third in the 200m dash (24.71). Hahn, meanwhile, cleared 5-11.25/1.81m in the high jump to topple a record of 5-10.50/1.79m that was set by three individuals, most recently by Wake Forest's Trina Bindel in 1995.

As for Tennessee competitors, sophomore Caitlin Ward (Gibsonia, Pa.) and freshman Edra Finley (Mobile, Ala.) stand at 12th and 14th after four events with 2,792 and 2,063 points, respectively.

Ward posted finishes of 13th in the 100m hurdles (16.05), 10th in the high jump (4-11.50/1.51m), fifth in the shot put (36-6.25/11.13m) and fourth in the 200 meters (25.43). The hurdles and shot put marks were career bests for the sixth-place finisher at the 2004 SEC Indoor pentathlon.

Finley, meanwhile, started out in respectable fashion with an eighth-place time of 14.93 in the 100m hurdles. A no height in the high jump, however, would send her to the bottom of the standings. Finley closed out the first day of her first-ever collegiate heptathlon by taking 14th in the shot put (25-7.50/7.81m) and sixth in the 200 meters (25.68).

 

 

Day two of the competition resumes at 4 p.m. on Thursday with the long jump, javelin throw and 800-meter run closing out the festivities. In a break from tradition, there will be no distance carnival on Thursday evening. Instead, those races have been split up and moved to Friday and Saturday to streamline the schedule.

Friday's competition will begin at 8:45 a.m. with the open and invitational women's hammer throws, followed by the women's discus at 12:15 p.m. and the open women's 5000 meters at 12:20 p.m. to send day three into full swing. The final women's event is the 10,000 meters at 7:45 p.m., while the last men's contest is the 9:20 p.m. invitational hammer throw.

Saturday's slate opens at 9:15 a.m. with the men's open hammer, but the first women's event doesn't take place until the shuttle hurdle relay at 12:40 p.m. The final day wraps up at 5:25 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. with the women's and men's 4x400m relays, respectively.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7

Heptathlon (Auto: 5,550; Prov: 5,000) 4 p.m.
12th Caitlin Ward 2,792
(100mH: 16.05; HJ: 4-11.50/1.51m; SP: 36-6.25/11.13m!; 200m: 25.43)
14th Edra Finley 2,063
(100mH: 14.93!; HJ: NH; SP: 25-7.50/7.81m!; 200m: 25.68!)

THURSDAY, APRIL 8

Heptathlon (Auto: 5,550; Prov: 5,000) 4 p.m.
Caitlin Ward/Edra Finley
(LJ/JT/800m)

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