GULF SHORES, Ala. – University of Rio Grande sophomore Tyanna Petty is tied for second place after four of seven events in the women’s heptathlon at the 36th Annual NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.
Petty, a native of Somerset, Ohio, has 2,903 points and is tied with Kristan Holding of Westmont (Calif.) after Thursday’s opening day of competition.
Petty and Holding are 103 points behind event leader Becky Collier of Westmont (Calif.) with the long jump, javelin throw and 800-meter run still to complete the competition on Friday beginning at 11:30 a.m. EDT.
The top eight finishers will earn All-American status.
Petty was second in the high jump (1.67m), fourth in both the 100-meter hurdles (15.12) and 200-meter dash (26.00) and 14th in the shot put (8.97m).
Two other Rio Grande athletes were also in action on Thursday.
Senior Carrie Coriell (Lucasville, OH) finished 23rd in the hammer throw, while sophomore Katie Browning (Athens, OH) was 20th in the pole vault after clearing 3.40m.
In addition to Petty’s completion of the heptathlon, the RedStorm will have two other representatives in action on Friday.
Coriell returns in the shot put at 2 p.m. EDT. Her season-best mark of 13.07m ties her for 25th place nationally among the 26 participants in the event.
Junior Niki Worsham (Beavercreek, OH) will be part of the 5,000-meter race walk at 5:10 p.m. EDT. Her qualifying time of 27:24.18 is the 12th-best in the 13-walker field.
Stretch Internet, the NAIA’s official video-streaming company of NAIA national championship events, will be broadcasting the events on www.NAIANetwork.com. A subscription package to view the entire three-day event is $14.95.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.