EUGENE, ORE., - Xenia Rahn had a fantastic first day for the women's heptathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Rahn sits in 11th place with 3,307 total points and only 368 points behind the leader.
"Xenia had a great start to the heptathlon," said her coach Josh Langley. "She improved her day one personal record by nearly 50 points and is in great position heading into day two. Her 200 was run into a strong headwind, but she executed all the changes we have made in the past few weeks and came out with a new personal best. Now she needs to rest and recover to finish the heptathlon tomorrow."
Rahn started off well running 14.05 in the 100-meter hurdles for 971 points. In the high jump Rahn gathered 842 points by clearing 5-6 ½ (1.69 meters). Rahn threw 40-10 ¼ (12.45 meters) on her last attempt in the shot put to jump up to third place in the shot and gain 691 points. Rahn stayed strong till the end by running a new personal record in the 200 at 25.93 and earning 803 points.
Lizzy Whelan ran 4:23.31 in the women's 1,500 semifinal and finished in 17th overall and missed the cut for the finals.
The men's 4x400 relay team of RJ Alowonle, Devon Carter, Javonte Lipsey and Ceo Ways finished the race in 3:09.10. Devon Carter had to step in and replace Kwame Donyinah who aggravated an injury. This was the first time this year that Alowonle, Carter, Lipsey and Ways ran as a group. They finished 18th overall and will not advance to the final.
Alowonle will compete again tomorrow - his third time in as many days - in the men's 400-meter hurdles final. Alowonle will run in lane seven at 4:33 PT.
Rahn will finish the last three events of the heptathlon tomorrow beginning with the long jump at 12:30 PT. The javelin throw and 800 are the other two events left to be completed in the heptathlon.
Isaac Presson will finish his collegiate career tomorrow in the men's 5,000 at 6:10 PT.
A recap of performances and results will be available on Goheels.com at the conclusion of the day. Follow the team on Twitter (@UNCTrack_Field) for instant updates on tomorrow's performances.