Track & Field's Pattie-Belleli, Borgsmiller Finish Strong in Kansas Relays Heptathlon
April 17, 2014
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Missouri State track & field sophomores Holly Pattie-Belleli and Betsy Borgsmiller finished fourth and sixth overall, respectively, on the final day of the heptathlon at the 87th Kansas Relays on Thursday.
Pattie-Belleli scored 4,358 points and Borgsmiller earned 3,452 as the pair competed in the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run, the final three disciplines of the grueling seven-event series.
"We really competed well today and gained valuable experience," said Missouri State assistant coach Mike Scott. We're excited to compete in the heptathlon at conference championships."
After finishing fifth overall in the long jump with a mark of 4.93 meters (16 feet, 2.25 inches), junior Haley Scott bowed out of the competition with a 3,147 total through five events. Sophomore Cassandra Schwab did not compete on the second day of the event after scoring 2,035 points on day one.
Pattie-Belleli led the Bears in the long jump with a third-place finish. She leaped 4.96 meters (16 feet, 3.25 inches) for 548 points. Borgsmiller was sixth with a 4.46-meter effort (14 feet, 7.75 inches).
Pattie-Belleli posted the Bears' only personal best of the day in the heptathlon javelin throw with a heave of 23.01 meters (75 feet, six inches) to earn 345 points. She topped her previous best in the event by over one meter. Borgsmiller was sixth with a mark of 21.71 meters (71 feet, two inches) for 321 points.
The two finished out the competition with third- and fifth-place times in the 800 meters. Pattie-Belleli ran 3:30.62 and Borgsmiller 2:53.46.
The Bears also began competition in the open events Thursday. Coming off of a school-record performance in the hammer throw last week at the Missouri Relays, freshman Melanie Raterman notched a distance of 43.57 meters (142 feet, 11 inches) to place 16th overall in the event.
Missouri State's only other competitor on the day was sophomore Tenaly Smith, who turned a time of 4:58.75 in the 1,500 meters to finish 20th.
Friday's events open with the 100-meter hurdles prelims at 10:15 a.m. Field events are set to get underway with the pole vault at 1 p.m.