Track & Field's Pattie-Belleli Second in Kansas Relays Heptathlon After Four Events
April 16, 2014
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Missouri State sophomore Holly Pattie-Belleli sits second overall with 2,780 points after four events of the heptathlon on the opening day of the 87th Kansas Relays at Rock Chalk Park on Wednesday.
Pattie-Belleli is 262 points behind Truman State's Rebecca Nelson (3,042) after the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200-meter dash. She finished second in both the 100-meter hurdles, with a personal best of 14.53, and 200 meters in 26.04 to lead the Bears.
Junior Haley Scott is fifth with 2,607 points while sophomores Betsy Borgsmiller (2,285) and Cassandra Schwab (2,035) are seventh and eighth, respectively, with the long jump, javelin and 800 meters to come. Scott is the only current Bear to have previous experience in a collegiate heptathlon, scoring 4,120 points in the 2013 MVC championships.
"We got off to a pretty rocky start dealing with some really treacherous winds, but rallied to perform fairly well in the 200 to give ourselves a chance going into day two," said Missouri State assistant coach Mike Scott. "We wanted to have a trial run with the heptathlon before the Missouri Valley Championships, and we're accomplishing that."
The Bears set four personal bests on the day, including two from Scott. She was third in the heptathlon 200 meters in 26.25 for 775 points and fifth in the shot put with a top mark of 9.03 meters (29 feet, 7.5 inches) for 466 points. Borgsmiller finished the 100 hurdles in 17.34 for 559 points and another personal best.
She was the Bears' top finisher in the high jump with a second-place effort of 1.59 meters (five feet, 2.5 inches), one centimeter from tying her career best in the event. The Sikeston, Mo., native picked up 724 points, her best individual point total of the heptathlon thus far.
Schwab was third overall in the shot put portion of the event to pace Missouri State there. She earned 510 points with her best mark of 9.71 meters (31 feet, 10.25 inches).
The heptathlon concludes Thursday, beginning at 9 a.m. Open events start as well with the hammer throw at 2:45 p.m., and 800 meters at 5 p.m.