Hawkins and West lead the standings after day one of the Thorpe Cup

DALLAS – Team USATF women had the top two scorers in the heptathlon on day one of the Thorpe Cup international combined events competition on Saturday at St. Mark’s School in Texas, putting the team in good position to win an 11th consecutive team title against Germany. .

Chari Hawkins (San Diego, Calif./USATF San Diego-Imperial) won three of four day one events to give the USATF team a decisive lead over Germany, 10,763-10,267. Hawkins, who finished fourth in the USATF Combined Events Championships in May, started the day with a quick 13.29 in the 100m hurdles, then cleared 1.80m/5-10.75 in the high jump. A 13.78m/45-2.5 effort in the shot put increased her overall lead to more than 200 points, and she finished the day with a 24.70 in the 200m to finish with 3,753 points. .

american teammate Melanie Winters (Stow, Ohio/USATF Lake Erie) set a season best 13.85 in the 100H then hit a lifetime best 13.03m / 42-9 in the shot put to move into second place in the General classification. Winters clocked 24.11 in the 200m, the fastest time of the day, and tallied 3,602 to sit in second place behind Hawkins. from Stanford Allie Jones (Santa Barbara, Calif./USATF Southern California) finished fifth in the points standings with 3,408, while the NCAA bronze medalist Erin Swamp (Buford, Georgia/USATF Georgia) from Duke and Sarah Gliden (Morrisville, NC/USATF NC) finished sixth and seventh.

After a long weather delay after the high jump, West Austin (Iowa City, Iowa/USATF Iowa) sprinted in 46.92 to win the 400m and lead the overall men’s decathlon standings, finishing day one with 4,308 points. Germany have taken a solid 796-point lead in the team title chase with scores of 20,749-19,953 and are on course to claim the 10th national title in the last 11 editions of the competition.

West, who finished fifth in the NCAA for Iowa, started the day with the fastest overall time in the 100m at 10.75, then won the long jump with a lifetime best jump of 7.55 m / 24-9.25. He put in strong performances in the shot put and high jump ahead of his 400m victory, putting him 55 points ahead of Germany’s Max Vollmer, the Pac-12 champion from Oregon this year. Hunter’s Price (Denver, Colorado/USATF Colorado) hit his lifetime best 14.73m/48-4 in the shot put and briefly took the lead after a high jump of 2.05m/6-8.75 , ending the day in third place for Team USATF with 4,217.

Jack Flood (Morrisville, NC/USATF NC) was the other American athlete to top 4,000 for the day, finishing sixth with 4,104, backed by a winning high jump of 2.08m/6-9 .75. Dylan Cooper (Morrisville, NC/USATF NC) and jackson walker (Orem, Utah/USATF Utah) rounded out the USATF team top five in ninth and 11th place, respectively.

The final day of competition begins at 10:00 a.m. CT Sunday with the 110m hurdles decathlon, and the heptathlon long jump is scheduled to start at noon.


Heptathlon points standings (after four events)

1. Chari Hawkins (San Diego, CA/USATF San Diego-Imperial) 3753; 2. Melanie Winters (Stow, Ohio/USATF Lake Erie) 3602; 3. Anna-Lena Obermaier (Germany) 3482; 4. Nicola Ader (Germany) 3424; 5. Allie Jones (Santa Barbara, CA/USATF Southern California) 3408; 6. Erin Swamp (Buford, GA/USATF GA) 3372; seven. Sarah Gliden (Morrisville, NC/USATF NC) 3364; 8. Janina Lange (Germany) 3361; 9. Marieke Roesing (Germany) 3322; ten. Cheyenne Williamson (Bay City, Michigan/USATF Michigan) 3317; 11. Alissa Brooks Johnson (Long Beach, CA/USATF Southern California) 3253; 12. Laura Voss (Germany) 3172; 13. callie jones (Baie Minette, Alabama/USATF Alabama) 3161.

Ranking of Decathlon points (after five events)

1. West Austin (Iowa City, Iowa/USATF Iowa) 4308; 2. Max Vollmer (Germany) 4253; 3. Hunter’s Price (Denver, CO/USATF Colorado) 4217; 4. Nico Beckers (Germany) 4199; 5. Malik Diakite (Germany) 4133; 6. Jack Flood (Morrisville, NC/USATF NC) 4104; 7. Nils Laserich (Germany) 4093; 8. Marcel Meyer (Germany) 4071; 9. Dylan Cooper (Morrisville, NC/USATF NC) 3906; 10. Luca Ole Dieckmann (Germany) 3782; 11. jackson walker (Orem, Utah/USATF Utah) 3418; 12. William Egger (Morrisville, NC/USATF NC) 3037.

Photo credit: Stuart Kantor

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