GULF SHORES, Ala.-- Although she ranked 15th of 16th NAIA heptathlon qualifiers, Kaiann Arellano (JR/Jamestown, N.D.) is proving she is one of the nation's elite multi-sport athletes.
Arellano won the 100 meter hurdles and set career bests in three of the four events contested on day one of the heptathlon, sitting in third place heading into the final day of competition Friday.
Arellano ran 14.89 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles, cleared 5 feet, 5 3/4 inches in the high jump for a second place finish, threw a career best 32 feet, 1/4 inch in the shot put to finish 10th, and ran a career best 26.56 seconds in the 200 meter dash, finishing 11th. Her point total of 2937 is 72 points behind second place Anna Houston of William Woods University and 127 points behind leader Becky Collier of Westmont.
"Her (Arellano) prospects of attaining All-American honors (top 8 finish) sure look better after day one than they looked coming in," said Jimmie head coach Jim Clark. "Kaiann competed so well. She really put herself in great position with terrific performances in the hurdles and high jump, but just as important were her career bests in the shot and 200. The field is all really close and Kaiann is going to have to be on her game tomorrow in the long jump, javelin, and 800."
The final three events of the heptathlon begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, and live meet results are available at http://www.cfpitiming.com/2017_Outdoor_Season/NAIA_outdoor_2017/NAIA_championship_2017.htm?DB_OEM_ID=27900.