Jan. 25, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Arizona State University track and field senior Keia Pinnick finished first in four of five events in the women’s pentathlon at the Texas A&M Challenge presented by Mondo on Friday evening, smashing her previous career best in the event and established herself as a National Championship contender in the process.
Pinnick scored 4,208 points in taking the victory by just over 100 points over Harvard freshman Martina Salander. Pinnick beat her own second-place mark in ASU’s record books with the performance and obliterated her previous career best by over 200 points.
Pinnick set the school’s 800-meter pentathlon record on the day with her time of 2:12.99 – knocking off the previous record of 2:13.45 held by multiple-time NCAA Champion Jacquelyn Johnson. Johnson holds the school pentathlon record with a score of 4,496 – which was the NCAA record up until Brianne Theisen of Oregon bettered at the NCAA Championships in 2011.
The senior opened the day by winning the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.35 seconds – nearly four-tenths of a second faster than any other individual – before posting a huge personal record in the high jump with a leap of 1.72m (5-07.75), which was eight centimeters better than her previous best indoor mark.
Pinnick also won the long jump competition with a best mark of 5.74m (18-10.00).
Pinnick's score is tentatively the top mark in the nation at this time, barring results from other meets across the country coming up this weekend. And to put the score in perspective, only two student-athletes last season scored higher over the course of the whole season – and one of those was the NCAA record by Theisen.
The Sun Devil team will be in action tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m. CT and live video and stats are available by visiting the Texas A&M track and field schedule page at www.AggieAthletics.com.