April 13, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Despite chilly and rainy conditions at Tom Black Track, the 2005 Sea Ray Relays heptathlon got underway Wednesday afternoon, and University of Tennessee junior Caitlin Ward stands in sixth place with a career-best 2,895 points after four events.
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A native of Gibsonia, Pa., Ward was one of 18 women to brave the elements on day one. Pittsburgh's Tamara McGill has a narrow grasp on first place with 3,317 points, followed closely by Georgia's Jessica Stockard at 3,309. Josie Hahn of Vanderbilt and nearby Clinton, Tenn., one of the favorites to win the competition, failed to clear a height in the high jump and withdrew.
Ward began the day with a 12th-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles, collecting 831 points with a career-best clocking of 15.08. The wind was a minimal reading of 0.4 meters per second. Her previous fastest time was a 15.30 effort at last year's SEC Championship meet.
Next, with the rain falling steadily, Ward tied for 14th in the high jump with a clearance of 4-10.25/1.48m. That mark was worth 599 points and dropped her to 14th place with 1,430 total points.
In one of her strongest events, the shot put, Ward managed a throw of 35-8.75/10.89m to place fifth. That measurement was good for 588 points and moved her to 11th in the standings at 2,018.
Ward closed out the first day of action with an impressive performance in the 200-meter dash. Her 25.11 readout, with a wind of only 0.2 mps, was the second best of the evening behind Stockard's 24.82 and gathered her 877 points to provide a career-best first day total of 2,895. Ward's previous personal record was a 2,870 accumulation at the 2004 SEC meet.
The final day of the 2005 Sea Ray Relays heptathlon is slated to begin at 4 p.m. Eastern time. The remaining three events include the long jump, javelin throw and 800-meter run. Live results from the 2005 Sea Ray Relays may be found at www.utladyvols.com.