UAA’s Karolin Anders reigned over a field of Division I athletes Friday in Sacramento, Calif., setting two school records en route to the heptathlon title at the Mondi Multi track and field meet.
Anders, a sophomore from Berlin, Germany, entered the day in third place but vaulted to victory by claiming first place in the long jump, second in the javelin and third in the 800 meters.
She finished with 5,048 points to break her own school record.
Cody Thomas, a junior from Blenheim, New Zealand, claimed third place for UAA in the decathlon.
Anders was in third place, 168 points out of the lead, after Thursday’s first four events in the seven-event women’s competition.
She orchestrated a big turnaround Friday to win by 301 points. A big boost came in the long jump, where Anders leapt 18 feet, 10.5 inches for a new school record.
Thomas slipped from second place on Thursday to third place overall in the decathlon. His highlight Friday was a victory in the 110-meter hurdles, which he won in 15.47 seconds. He finished third in the pole vault, fifth in the discus and 1,500 meters and sixth in the javelin.
Thomas totaled 6,940 points. Portland State’s Nevn Lewis won with 7,268 points.
Anders and Thomas competed against athletes from a variety of Division I schools, including host Sacramento State.
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