Kelly Opens Heptathlon at Texas Relays
AUSTIN, Texas – Sophomore Brittany Kelly posted a strong Day 1 score of 3,337 points in her heptathlon debut for LSU as she turned in personal bests in the high jump and shot put, a seasonal best in the 100-meter hurdles and a solid season opener in the 200 meters in Wednesday’s opener at the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
Kelly totaled the second-highest Day 1 score of her collegiate career with 3,337 points for 10th place overall and seventh place among collegians in the field competing at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.
After opening her outdoor season with a time of 13.99 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles at the Louisiana Classics two weeks ago, Kelly lowered her seasonal best to 13.91 (-0.4) in Wednesday’s first event to finish with 991 points and the 10th-fastest time of the day among the five heats.
Next came the high jump where she managed to clear a height of 5 feet, 3 ¼ inches on her second attempt before reeling off a string of first-attempt clearances at 5-4 ½, 5-5 ¾ and 5-7. Following a make at 5-8 with her second attempt, Kelly matched her lifetime personal best of 5-9 ¼ on her second attempt at the height to add 928 points to her total score.
She then opened her series in the shot put with a 19-inch personal best of 32-9 for an additional 529 points and sprinted to a wind-aided 24.98 (+2.9) for 889 points in her first 200-meter race of the 2017 season.
Kelly finished the day just off the pace she set for herself at the 2015 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Starkville, Mississippi, where she scored a Day 1 personal best of 3,367 points in her SEC debut as a freshman at Ole Miss. Before transferring to LSU later that summer, Kelly competed for the Rebels at the NCAA Championships where she closed out her freshman season with a 21st-place finish in the heptathlon with 5,394 points, including 3,336 points on the opening day of the competition.
Mississippi State’s former NCAA Champion Erica Bougard, now of Chula Vista Elite, set the pace on Day 1 with 3,740 points through four events. Arkansas’ Taliyah Brooks was the top collegian for the opening day of the event as she totaled 3,691 points for second place overall.
Kelly is sure to push for a personal-best score on Thursday as the heptathlon competition continues at the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays with the long jump scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. CDT. The javelin and 800 meters will also be contested on Day 2 of the heptathlon, while other field events are also set to start at 11 a.m. followed by the first qualifying races on the track at 4:30 p.m.