Komarova Wins Heptathlon at Robison Invitational

PROVO -- The first event in the 2001 Robison Invitational concluded today with Maret Komarova beating out eight other women to win the heptathlon. Komarova scored 5414 points to win the event. Beth Stroud, from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, finished second with a score of 5143.

Komarova's score is her personal record in the heptathlon, and is the ninth best score in the nation so far this year. The mark is a provisional qualifying score for nationals, and Komarova missed an automatic qualifying mark by only 86 points.

The weather was chilly,with the temperature in the mid 50s to low 60s throughout the day, but

Komarova thought the cold weather was actually an advantage for her

"I'm used to this weather. In the warm weather, your movements are not so sharp. It was because of the weather I did so well," she said.

Coming in third after Komarova and Stroud in the heptathlon was Kristy Slade from the University of Utah with a score of 4889, followed by Erianne Allen, also from the University of Utah with a final score of 4863. Another Ute, Shanae Nixon, came in fifth with a score of 4763.

Rounding out the field in the heptathlon were Kellie Clinger of Weber State with a score of 4627, Jayni Larsen of Weber State with a score of 4378, Jennifer Bacon from University of Utah who scored 3814 points and Sarah Hoffman from Utah Valley State College with a score of 3474.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the individual track and field events, and the meet will conclude on Saturday, May 5.