AUSTIN, Texas – While making her collegiate debut in the heptathlon at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, Lady Tiger freshman Therese Jernbeck nearly scored a Day 1 personal best while totaling 3,162 points through the first four events during Wednesday’s action at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
Strengthened by a lifetime best clearance of 5 feet, 7 ¾ inches in the high jump, Jernbeck finished just 41 points shy of her Day 1 personal record of 3,203 points set at the 2011 European Junior Athletics Championships in Tallin, Estonia, where she finished with a personal-best heptathlon score of 5,324 points in a 12th-place finish for her native Sweden.
Jernbeck opened the competition by running a seasonal-best wind-aided time of 15.21 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles for 814 points in the first event of the day.
She then followed by smashing her lifetime PR in the high jump with a career-best clearance of 5-7 ¾ on her second attempt. Jernbeck, who entered the competition with a best of 5-5 ¼ that was also set at the 2011 European Junior Athletics Championships, matched her career best following first-attempt clearances at 5-1 ¾ and 5-3, a third-attempt clearance at 5-4 ¼ and a first-attempt clearance at 5-5 ¼.
She took her performance to another level while breaking her lifetime best by 2 ½ inches with clearances of 5-6 ½ on her third attempt and 5-7 ¾ on her second attempt for 879 points in the high jump. Jernbeck ended her freshman season indoors with a seasonal-best mark of 5-4 ¼ at the 2013 SEC Indoor Championships.
Jernbeck tied for the fourth-best mark during Wednesday’s high jump before finishing strong in the shot put and 200 meters in her collegiate debut in the heptathlon.
She then added 675 points with a fourth-place finish in the shot put as she posted a series-best throw of 40-0 ¾ before scoring 794 points with a wind-aided time of 26.04 in the 200-meter dash in the day’s final event.
Jernbeck ended the day in 14th place among the 24 athletes starting the competition at the Texas Relays with her total of 3,162 points. Mississippi State sophomore and NCAA Indoor pentathlon champion Erica Bougard leads the competition with 3,570 points, followed by Arkansas’ Makeba Alcide in second place with 3,480 points and Texas A&M’s Annie Kunz in third place with 3,471 points.
Day 2 of the women’s heptathlon at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays is set to start at 11 a.m. CT with the long jump. The Tigers and Lady Tigers will compete in their first open field events of the meet at 12:30 p.m., followed by the start of the relay events at 5:35 p.m. on Thursday evening at Texas’ Mike A. Myers Stadium.