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USU track: Chari Hawkins earns second-team All-America honors with 11th-place finish in heptathlon at NCAA Finals

EUGENE, Ore. — Utah State’s Chari Hawkins earned second-team All-America honors in the heptathlon after placing 11th in the event with a school-record 5,598 points at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Finals on Friday at Hayward Field.

Hawkins entered the NCAA Finals ranked 20th in the heptathlon after finishing fifth at the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships with 4,990 points. Hawkins set the previous school record in the event during the 2013 outdoor season with 5,441 points at the California Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays Combined Events.

Hawkins, a sophomore from Rexburg, Idaho (Madison HS), began the final day of competition in the heptathlon by placing 14th in the long jump with a distance of 5.84m (19-02). She then set a personal-best in the javelin with a toss of 41.03m (134-07) to finish eighth and then ran a personal-best time of 2:25.70 in the 800m to finish 18th.

During the first day of competition in the heptathlon, Hawkins placed ninth in the 100m hurdles with a personal-best time of 13.74. She then tied for third in her flight in the high jump with a mark of 1.75m (5-08.75), placed 21st in the shot put with a toss of 10.30m (33-09.50) and placed 17th in the 200m with a time of 25.05.

Hawkins joins senior USU sprinter Will Henry as All-Americans during the 2013 season as Henry also earned second-team honors after placing 16th in 100m with a school-record time of 10.25. Hawkins is USU’s first-ever All-American in the heptathlon and first female track All-American since 2011 when Sonia Grabowska earned honorable mention All-America honors in the indoor pole vault. Hawkins is also Utah State's 35th track and cross-country athlete to earn All-America honors for the 70th time.

Hawkins will continue competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Finals in the high jump finals on Saturday, June 8 at 1:45 p.m. MT. Hawkins enters the NCAA Finals ranked tied for 13th in the high jump.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.