Andrea Pressley Finishes Fourth In Heptathlon at NCAA Championships

June 10, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas - JU senior heptathlete Andrea Pressley (Upper Marlboro, Md.) earned All-America honors by virtue of her fourth-place finish in the heptathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas on Thursday, finishing just one point shy of third place behind Nebraska's Ashley Selig. Pressley, who was in second place heading into the final three events, threw a career-best 141'-02" in the javelin and jumped a career-best 19'-06" in the long jump on Thursday to amass a career-best and U.S. Olympic provisional qualifying 5,586 points. Selig finished third with 5,587 points, while Arizona State's Jacquelyn Johnson (5,807) and Georgia's Hyleas Fountain (5,785) finished first and second, respectively.

Pressley threw a Mike Myers' Stadium heptathlon record 46'-02" in the shot put to finish first, while running a career-best 13.76 in the 100-meter hurdles and a season-best 24.61 in the 200-meter dash to record 3,424 points after day one of the heptathlon. Pressley, who did not finish the first day's events until after midnight because of a nine-hour rain delay, also ran a 2:37.18 in the 800-meter run to complete the heptathlon.

Pressley's shot put throw was more than five feet farther than California's Brooke Meredith (40'-11.05"), who finished second. She also jumped 5'-01.25" in the high jump. Meredith rounded out the top five with 5,442 points.

The U.S. Olympic Trials requires 5,475 points for provisional qualifying and 5,750 points to qualify automatically.

Pressley entered the championships ranked 9th nationally in the heptathlon after winning the Coca-Cola Florida Relays earlier this spring with 5,368 points. She finished first in the 100m hurdles (14.45), 200m-dash (24.66) and long jump (19'05"), while placing among the top-three in 6-of-7 events.

Pressley competed in the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships as the 21st seed in the heptathlon, finishing the meet ranked 13th overall. She also finished 16th in the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships after earning a No. 22 national ranking at the end of the season.