SACRAMENTO - Emily Godwin took third overall in the women's heptathlon at the United States Junior World Trials in Sacramento. Godwin put up a career-best 5,304 points en route to an alternate spot for the team.
"Emily had a great meet," multi-events coach Josh Langley said. "It was a nice way to end a long, successful freshman year for her. A 114 point personal best on this stage is a huge boost of confidence going into her sophomore year."
Godwin ended the first day of competition in third place with 3,188 points from four events. Godwin ran 14.47 in the 100-meter hurdles for 913 points and jumped 5-8 ¾ (1.75 meters) in the high jump for 916 points. In the shot put Godwin threw 33-5 ¼ (10.19 meters) for 542 points and ran 25.78 in the 200 for 817 points.
Today Godwin added 2,116 points from three events today. Godwin started off with the long jump where Godwin jumped 18-10 ¾ (5.76 meters) for 777 points. In the javelin throw Godwin threw 100-6 (30.65 meters) for 489 points. Godwin capped her great meet with a strong performance in her last event. In the 800 Godwin ran 2:18.09 for 850 points. Godwin finished second among all the competitors in both the high jump and 800.
Placing third overall makes Godwin an alternate for the World Junior Championships.
"Obviously she is upset that she is the alternate for the World Junior Championships, but hats off to the two young ladies in front of her - they both had lifetime bests, just like Emily," Langley said.
"It was hard to miss going to Worlds by one spot, but I'm happy with a few PRs, including my overall score," Godwin said. "I've had a great time with my event group, Coach Langley and Coach Jacobson this year, and I can't wait to see what next year is going to bring."
Langley also shares Godwin's enthusiasm and optimism for next year's season.
"Leaving this meet with the experience and confidence is invaluable," he said. "Also, it sends a great message about the strength and depth of our program."