EUGENE, Ore. » University of Kansas sophomore and Hamilton, Mo., native Lindsay Vollmer made KU track-and-field history Friday as she became the first Jayhawk female to earn an individual outdoor title, claiming the NCAA heptathlon title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Vollmer's win, coupled with runner-up performances by senior Andrea Geubelle and junior Natalia Bartnovskaya, give the Lady Jayhawks the overall lead heading into the final day of competition with 48 points, 15 points ahead of second-place Oregon.
"This feels unbelievable," said Vollmer, who won more than 10 stae track-and-field event titles while at Penney High in Hamilton, following her heptathlon victory. "I never imagined I would be accomplishing something like this so early in my career. I've had such great support from my teammates, coaches and family. This is as much theirs as it is mine. It was just an all-around amazing day."
Vollmer, who won the C-T-sponsored Bob Carter Memorial Gold Shoe award in the annual Chillicothe Joe Shy Relays all four years of her high school career, entered the second day of heptathlon competition sitting in third-place in the point standings, but used three career bests in the final three events to propel herself to the event title. With optimal weather conditions inside historic Hayward Field, Vollmer put the finishing touches on one of the top heptathlon performances in NCAA Championship history. After amassing a total of 3,569 points on day one, she began her second day with a top leap in the long jump of 6.16 meters (20'2.5"), to down her previous best by nearly four inches and add 899 points to her total.
In the heptathlon's sixth event, the javelin, Vollmer again wowed the Hayward Field crowd with a heave of 46.18 meters (151'6") on her third and final attempt. She bested the rest of the heptathlon field by nearly five feet in the event and moved into the overall lead with one obstacle remaining, the 800 meters.
In the 800 meters, Vollmer again posted an enormous personal best, completing the two laps in 2:19.36. The time earned her the final 832 points of the competition and was just enough to outpace Arkansas' Makeba Alcide in the final standings by 36 points.
Vollmer's final score of 6,086 made her the No. 10 performer in NCAA history and was the ninth time in NCAA Championship history a female as broken the 6,000-point barrier. She beat or tied her former lifetime bests in six of the seven events to down her previous heptathlon personal record by more than 400 points. She also erased Candace Mason's 1999 school record of 5,674 points.
Page 2 of 2 - Vollmer's victory made her a first team All-American in the event for the first time in her career and added 10 points to KU's overall total.