Despite a case of stomach flu, BYU's Anu Kaljurand, the freshman from Estonia, placed fourth in the heptathlon Thursday in the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Durham, N.C.
Competing in only the second heptathlon of her life, Kaljurand scored 5,642 points. In the final three events she placed sixth in the long jump at 19-0 1/4, second in the javelin at 143-11 and 12th in the 800-meter run at 2:24.74."Anu was really sick in the morning, and was queasy all day," said BYU Coach Craig Poole. "She did a good job. If she had hit the long jump the way she should, I think she would have been second. She had a couple of great jumps, but both were fouls."
BYU teammate Laura Zaugg, a junior from Clearfield, was 11th in the heptathlon with a score of 5,218. She was 10th in the long jump (18-2), eighth in the javelin (113-5) and 11th in the 800 (2:20.23).
"We worked Laura too hard at the High Country (Athletic Conference) meet two weeks ago," said Poole. "She was tired here. We'll know better next year."
In the only other final event involving local athletes Thursday, BYU's Leanne Whitesides finished 16th (out of 17) in the 10,000-meter run, with a time of 36:34.97. Whitesides was running in the lead pack about one mile into the race when she was tripped and fell to the track.
"Everyone scrambled over the top of her," said Poole. "She got up, but the fall took a lot out of her."
Most of Thursday's schedule consisted of trial heats. As expected, BYU's Frank Fredericks and Eric Akogyiram survived Thursday's 100-meter dash prelims to advance to Friday's semifinals. Fredericks was second in his heat with a time of 10.35 - the fourth fastest time of the day. Akogyiram was fourth in the same heat with a time of 10.43.
"Eric got a poor start," said BYU men's coach Willard Hirschi. "He can make the finals, but he'll have to get a good start."
Utah State's Craig Carter and BYU's Per Karlsson both advanced to the finals of the hammer throw. Carter, a junior from Clearfield, was fifth in Thursday's trials with a mark of 206-10. Karlsson was sixth at 206-0.
Utah State's Ime Akpan advanced to Friday's semifinals in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing fourth in her heat with a time of 13.59.
BYU's Kartsi Leppaluoto qualified for the finals in the shot put with a throw of 49-3, the sixth best mark in Thursday's trials.