Carrier leads way at Texas Relays
West Virginia junior wins first heptathlon in three years
AUSTIN, Texas -- West Virginia junior Chelsea Carrier competed in her first heptathlon in three years and finished with 5,927 points to win the event at the Texas Relays on Thursday.
Carrier never trailed in the standings and secured the victory with a fourth-place finish in the final event, the 800 meters.
“I’m really excited about my finish,” Carrier said. “I set five personal bests, so I’m happy with it.”
Kansas State’s Ryann Krais finished second with 5,848 points.
Because of a foot injury, Carrier had not competed in a heptathlon since 2008. She finished fifth in the pentathlon at the NCAA indoor championships in March, but this week marked her return to the seven-event outdoor competition.
Carrier entered Day 2 with 3,670 points, 218 clear of Krais. She won the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 5 inches and then placed 12th in the javelin with a throw of 102-6.
On the men’s side, Michael Morris of California won the decathlon with a score of 7,921 points.
Louisiana State triumphed in the women’s 3,200-meter relay thanks to Brittany Hall’s anchor leg and Texas A&M won the men’s 3,200 relay.
In the evening’s final race, U.S. Olympian Leo Manzano won the invitational 800, beating Kenyan Kivuva Jackson and five others.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” Manzano said. “My season’s been up and down so just to be able to come out and run fast today was great.”