Hope - Women's Track & Field Excels During 1st Day Of NCAA Outdoor Championships

Hope - Women's Track & Field Excels During 1st Day Of NCAA Outdoor Championships

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Hope College's Jane Pearson is in position to become an All-American in the heptathlon.

The senior from Lake City, Michigan (Northern Michigan Christian HS) sits in fourth place after Thursday's first day of the seven-event competition at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Waverly, Iowa.

Pearson totaled 2,789 points during the first four events: the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200-meter dash.

Pearson resumes the competition on Friday at noon Central with the long jump, javelin throw and 800 meters.

Pearson is the only female Hope athlete in action on Friday.

Click here to watch live video of Friday's meet.

Click here for an event schedule and live results.

Junior Erin Herrmann of Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton-Warrenville South HS) gets a day off after qualifying for Saturday's championship race in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Herrmann won her heat with a time of 10 minutes, 59.85 seconds to be placed second in the preliminary standings. She had the seventh-fastest time among the 14 qualifiers for the finals. Sanjuanita Martine of Cornell was first at 10:55.71.

Herrmann will race on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. Central.

Senior Julia Stock of Norton Shores, Michigan (Grand Haven HS) finished 15th in the nation in the 10,000 meters on Thursday. She had a time of 38:19.72 under challenging conditions where five of the 22 runners did not finish the race.

Pearson recorded the top heptathlete performance in the shot put. She threw 11.32 meters (37 feet, 1 ¾ inches) to earn 616 points.

Pearson clocked the fifth-fastest time in the 200 at 26.14 seconds. She earned 785 points.

Pearson opened the meet by placing 10th in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.66 seconds for 756 points.

Pearson tied for 12th in the high jump with a leap of 4-11 ½ for 632 points.

Hilary Coady of Wooster leads the heptathlon standings with 3,067 points.