Elizabeth Krug, one of the premier multi-event athletes to ever compete for Hendrix College, has a chance to make more school history Thursday.
She’s one of the favorites in the women’s heptathlon in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championshiop at LaCrosse, Wisc. Krug, a senior from Heber Springs, will by vying for her fourth straight All-American honor in the event.
She goes in with the third-best mark of the season in Division III — tallying a school record 4,733 points at the Ole Miss Invitational in April.
Krug finished fifth in the Division III pentathlon in the indoor championships in March. Only one competitor who beat her in that multi-event competition will compete in the heptathlon.
"She’s close to being the top seed but there’s a degree of randomness to any multi-event competition," said Patrick MacDonald, Hendrix track and field coach. "Things go up and down over the course of two days and a whole lot of things have to break right. But I think she has a chance to win. She finished fifth in the pentathlon and she was right there until she got a bad break in the long jump. A hit or miss in one event can make a big difference."
"I feel really good without being too confident," Krug said. "I can picture myself winning it. I have the ability to win in. But with seven events, a lot of things have to fall into place in two days."
The seven events in the hepthathlon are the 100-meter hurdles, the high jump, the shot put, the 200 meters, the long jump, javelin and 800 meters.
Krug is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the women’s heptathlon 200 meteres. She is ranked in the top 10 in the region in the high jump and javelin.
"I like the 200 meters," she said. "It’s an event that you can just go all out and give your all without worry about messing up technically."
In national heptathlon rankings, Krug is just behind Beth Stam of George Fox (4,815 points) and Kaari Jensen of Concordia (Minn.) (4,760).
Krug, who was sixth in the national heptathlon last year and seventh in 2011, was recently named the Southeast Region Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. She is also the Southern Athletic Association’s Field Athlete of the Year and was high scorer at the conference championships. In 2012, she was the South/Southeast Region Indoor Field Athlete of the Year. She holds 16 school records.