McKenzie falls just shy of school record at Samford Multis meet

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – McNeese’s Grace McKenzie came within four points of setting a new McNeese indoor track and field record in the pentathlon as her 3,653 placed her fourth at the 2017 Samford Heptathlon/Pentathlon Meet on Thursday.

Her total just missed out on the school record of 3,656 set by Mariah Georgetown on Jan. 28, 2012.

In addition to her PR in total points, the sophomore recorded PRs in the 60-meter hurdles (9.11) and 800-meters (2:23.29) while tying a PR in the long jump (16-8.5).

Emile Berge of South Alabama won the event with 3,923 points followed by Vanderbilt’s Sarah Goodale (3,833) and Zaria Tillman of Mississippi State (3,714).

McKenzie beat out six other athletes from the Southland Conference, including 2016 SLC outdoor heptathlon champion and indoor silver medalist Madeline Kaufmann of Stephen F. Austin.

The Cowgirls’ Ashley Johnson finished 10th with 3,263 points while Kristian Ojanta placed 14th with 3,051 points.

On the men’s side, Terren Gills and Steven Benjamin finished 13th and 14th in the heptathlon.

McNeese’s full squad will return to action on January 27 when it hosts the McNeese Indoor II meet at the Ralph Ward Recreation Complex.

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Matthew Bonnette

Matthew Bonnette

Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information, McNeese State

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