Close Leads Heptathlon After Day One; Potts Qualifies for 100m Final
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- University of Southern Maine sophomore Emily Close (Orleans, Vt./Lake Region Union) took a nearly 300-point lead in the heptathlon and classmate Jhanel Potts (Boston, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) posted the second quickest time in the 100-meter dash trials during the first day of competition at the New England Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at M.I.T.
Potts won her 100m heat race with a time of 12.22 seconds to advance to Saturday's finals. Potts' time was the second quickest among the 27 competitors to post a time during the trials and also met the qualifying standard for next weekend's NEICAAA New England Outdoor Championships.
Close had an outstanding day in the heptathlon posting the best mark in three of the four events contested. Close opened her day running the quickest time in the 100-meters hurdles (15.09) to collect 830 points. She followed that up in the high jump with the top height (personal best 1.57m/5-1 ¾) for another 701 points.
Moving to the shot put (9.82m/32-3), Close had another personal best to score 518 points. She finished the day running the fastest time in the 200 meters (25.85) to score 810 points. At the end of the day, Close had scored 2,859 points to lead her nearest challenger by 297 points.
Senior Rachel Ingram (Winthrop, Maine) scored the Huskies only points on the first day placing seventh in the long jump with an outdoor career best mark of the 5.28 meters (17-4).
Competition continues Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.