McGill wins heptathlon competition at Emporia State Open

McGill wins heptathlon competition at Emporia State Open
South Dakota's Mara McGill won the women's multi-event competition at the Emporia State Open on April 14 in Emporia, KS.

USD's James Vahrenkamp finished fifth in the men's decathlon competition.

McGill, a junior from Beresford, totaled 4,730 points in the seven-event heptathlon, which was 157 points better than second-place Amanda Owens of Chadron State College. Vahrenkamp, a senior from Rapid City, finished fifth with 6,680 points. Raven Cepeda of Northern Iowa won the men's competition with 6,989 points.


"Mara (McGill) had an outstanding performance," said USD head track coach Lucky Huber. "She had several personal bests in the various events and she was consistent throughout the competition," he said.

On Thursday, McGill placed in the top-four in all four of the heptathlon events contested. She won the 100-meter hurdles with a clocking of 14.58. She was second in the high jump at 5'00.5; third in the 200-meter dash at 26.06; and fourth in the shot put with a toss of 34'07.75.

On Friday, she had the third-best long jump, going 17'06.25. She was fourth in the javelin throw with a toss of 111'01 and she finished eighth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:37.36.

Vahrenkamp placed in the top-five in three of the five events of the decathlon contested on Thursday.

Vahrenkamp was second in the high jump, going 6'04.25. He was third in the 400-meter run with a clocking of 50.41. In the long jump, Vahrenkamp finished fourth at 22'01.5. He was ninth in the shot put (39'10) and 25th in the 100-meter dash (11.61).

On Friday, Vahrenkamp also had a solid day, finishing the 10-event decathlon with several top finishes. He was fourth in the discus throw with a toss of 123'07 and seventh in the pole vault, going 12'09.50. In the javelin, he finished ninth with a throw of 150'06. He took fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a 15.63 clocking. Vahrenkamp was sixth in the 1,500-meter run in 5:05.74.

Also for the USD men's team, John Shubeck of Centerville, finished 28th with 5,375 points in the decathlon.

"I am very pleased with Jim's (Vahrenkamp) performance today," said USD men's track coach Dave Gottsleben. "He had a solid meet and like Mara showed consistency throughout the competition."

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