CLAREMONT, Calif. — For the second consecutive year, Hendrix College sophomore Elizabeth Krug earned All-Americanhonors in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The Heber Springs, Ark. native finished sixth place overall with a school-record 4,726 points. Krug took seventh place as a freshman in 2011.
"We are pleased with the effort, but we all were hoping for a better result overall," said coach Patrick MacDonald. "She has been battling a hip injury for the last two months, and it was a real challenge this week."
On the first day of competition, Krug broke her school record in the hurdles and the 200 meters. Through four events, she sat in seventh place at the end of Thursday.
"She ran a great hurdles to start, but the high jump was really hard on her hip," said MacDonald. "She fought back really well in the 200 meters to end day one."
Krug started Friday with the fourth-best long jump of the competition, leaping 5.36 meters (17 ft.-7 in.). She followed with a javelin throw of 29.99 meters (98 ft.-5 in.), placing 18th in the event. Krug closed out nationals with the third-best 800 meter time of 2:24.98.
"Her long jump to begin day two was really solid, but she’s had better days in the event," MacDonald said. "The javelin is the other challenge for her hip, and it didn’t go to plan. She put together a gutsy 800, but she had conceded too many points by then to get to the top if the podium."
Alexis Arnold of George Fox took first in the 22-person field with 4,920 points. The other All-Americans included Emma Dewart (Ithaca, 4917), Ashley Bault (Marietta, 4899), Kaari Jensen (Concordia (Minn.), 4825), Kelly Curtis (Springfield, 4811), Krug, Sarah Thompson (Carthage, 4698) and Jessika Smith (UW-Stout, 4691). Arnold, Jensen, Krug and Smith were the non-seniors in the final eight.
"I’m really looking forward to next year for her," said MacDonald. "I know she had all the pieces to win the whole thing. Its just a matter of time in my eyes."