Hejde Claims Third in Pentathlon

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Day Two of the Bill Bergan Invitational closed with the conclusion of the pentathlon and heptathlon with a trio of Wildcats competing. Freshman Isaac Mallory finished sixth in the men's heptathlon with 4,704 points. Senior Stephanie Hejde came in third place to earn the women's team six points and freshman Lauren Garrott finished fifth with 3,093 points to tally four toward the team score.

Hejde posted her third-best score of her career with 3,458 points. She hovered around third position throughout much of the competition finishing fifth in the 60 meter hurdles and fourth in the high jump. From there she finished third in the final three events each time behind post-collegiate athletes and K-State volunteer coaches Diana Pickler and Bettie Wade.

Garrott cracked the 3,000-point mark in the first pentathlon of her career with 3,093. She strolled out in third place after the opening event running the hurdles in 9.24 seconds. She closed the pentathlon running the 800 meteres in 2:36.25.

Mallory finished sixth in a strong field in the heptathlon. Missouri's Nick Adcock won the event with an NCAA automatic qualifying score of 5,758 and just three points ahead of Minnesota's R.J. McGinnis. Two other Minnesota athletes post NCAA provisional marks. Mallory closed strong finishing third in the final event running the 1,000 meters in 2:47.31.

The Wildcats will be in competition Saturday for the final day of the Bill Bergan Invitational with a full slate of events scheduled. K-State will have a chance to see how it holds up against some conference foes in the team scored meet.

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