Andrea Pressley In Second Place In Heptathlon at NCAA Championships

June 9, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas - JU senior heptathlete Andrea Pressley (Upper Marlboro, Md.) threw a 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 through four events of the heptathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas. Pressley, who did not finish the first day's events until after midnight because of a nine-hour rain delay, is just nine points back of Arizona State's Jacquelyn Johnson, who has 3,433 points. The final three events - long jump, javelin and 800-meter run - will take place on Thursday.

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. Of the three remaining events, Pressley is strongest in the javelin, where she recently captured the Atlantic Sun Championship and placed 12th at the NCAA East Regionals. She is also attempting to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which would require 5,475 points for provisional qualifying or 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.