April 20, 2001
Walnut, Ca - Julie Tinker, a senior from Sacramento, Ca, recorded a career-best 5,151 points, to finish 12th at the Mt. Sac Heptathlon/Decathlon Championships on Friday.
Tinker exceeded the Pac-10 qualifying standard of 4,365 points, but just missed the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 5,175 points.
During the second day of competition which featured three events, Tinker scored 804 points in the long jump (18-7, 5.66m), 476 points in the javelin (98-5, 29.99m), and 750 points in the 800 meters (2:26.86).
Germany's Sabine Krieger won the competition over ten other competitors with 6,041 points, second-best in the world this year. Former Stanford All-American Tracye Lawyer placed second with 5,690 points, while Michelle Perry of UCLA (5,657 points), Aja Frary of San Diego State (5,657 points) and Nicole Haynes of Canada (5,651 points) rounded out the top five.
Lillian Bush, competing in her first collegiate heptathlon, placed tenth among a field of 27 competitors on Friday at the Azusa Pacific Multi's.
Bush, a freshman from Columbus, Ga, finished with 4,802 points which easily qualifies her for the Pacific-10 Championships (4,365 points).
After the first day on thursday, Bush had chalked up 2,950 points. She tallied another 1,852 points in the final three events of the heptathlon, the long jump (18-7, 5.66m, 744 points), the javelin (63-11 3/4, 19.50m, 280 points) and the 800 meters (2:19.70, 828 points).
Eli Somerfedlt of Missouri won the heptathlon with 5,223 points. Angela Anoliefoh of Purdue was second (5,107 points), while Kelly Miller of Southern Utah (5,064 points), Oregon's Jenny Kenyon (5,046 points) and Jessica Stafford of UC Irvine (4,943 points) rounded out the top five.