June 10, 2016
by Tony Jones
EUGENE, Ore. — During the opening slate of events in the heptathlon on Friday, University of Notre Dame graduate student Carly Loeffel contributed a personal-best time to a solid effort on the second day of women’s competition at the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Loeffel earned 3401 points to place 13th in the heptathlon after the first four events against the national championship field at Hayward Field.
Loeffel began strongly with a lifetime best in the 100-meter hurdles, eclipsing her previous top personal time by crossing the finish line in 14.07. A 17th place finish in the 100m hurdles garnered Loeffel 968 points in the heptathlon standings.
Shifting gears to the high jump, Loeffel cleared a top height of 1.69m (5-6.5) in the event’s second flight to finish 12th overall. The top 15 finish for Loeffel brought in 842 points toward her total heptathlon score.
Moving along to the shot put, Loeffel notched her top throw of the 2016 season with an effort of 13.32m in the second flight. Finishing as one of six athletes to clear 13.00m in the event, Loeffel’s fourth place finish netted 749 points and moved her among the top 10 overall in the heptathlon.
Loeffel closed Friday competition in the first heat of the 200m dash, clocking a time of 25.49 to take fifth place in the opening heat. Loeffel’s time secured 842 points while notching a top 20 placement in the official 200m standings.
The final three events of the women’s heptathlon at the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships are scheduled to be held on Saturday, beginning with the long jump at 2:30 p.m. (ET). The javelin will follow at 3:45 p.m., with the 800m run set to close the competition at 8:13 p.m. (ET). Live coverage of the women’s heptathlon will be streamed live on ESPN3.
2016 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships
W Heptathlon — Score
13. Carly Loeffel 3401 points
W 100m Hurdles — Heptathlon
17. Carly Loeffel 14.07 (PR), 968 points
W High Jump — Heptathlon
12. Carly Loeffel 1.69m, 842 points
W Shot Put — Heptathlon
4. Carly Loeffel 13.32m, 749 points
W 200m Dash — Heptathlon
20. Carly Loeffel 25.49, 842 points
Tony Jones, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2012 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame softball and men’s soccer programs. A native of Jamestown, New York, Jones is a 2011 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and prior to arriving at Notre Dame held positions at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and with the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills.