ASU's Pinnick takes Third at NCAA Heptathlon Championship

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Arizona State University track and field senior Keia Pinnick took third in the heptathlon as the lone Sun Devils competitor on the third day of action at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Pinnick scored a career-best 5,984 points over the two-day event at Hayward Field, which was 183 points better than he previous career-best entering the week. She increased her hold on the third best score in school history in the events behind former NCAA Champions Jacquelyn Johnson and Gea Johnson. 

The senior opened the day with a leap of 6.07m (19-11.00), which was the fifth-best overall jump of the opening competition.

From there, Pinnick went to nearly better her previous career best in the javelin with a best throw on the day of 38.13m (125-01) and found herself in sixth-place in the overall standings heading into the final event of the day.

There, Keia Pinnick shined on national television as she won the 800-meter run in 2:10.89 to jump from sixth to third in her final competition as a Sun Devil. 

Pinnick will leave ASU as a three-time All-American and one of the most accomplished all-around athletes in any sport to don the Maroon and Gold.  

She holds top-10 marks in ASU history in the 100-meter hurdles, the 400-meter hurdles, the indoor 60-meter dash, the indoor 60-meter hurdles, the indoor 200-meter dash, the indoor 400-meter dash, the indoor 800-meter run, the indoor long jump in addition to the second-best mark in the pentathlon and third-best score in the heptathlon.  She has also been a part of five delay teams that have set indoor and outdoor top-10 marks in school history. 

The Sun Devils will conclude the 2013 season tomorrow withShelby Houlihan slated to take part in the 1,500-meter final at approximately 2:20 p.m. PT while Anna Jelmini will be in action in the shot put beginning at 1 p.m. PT.  Tomorrow's action will be viewable on ESPNU and ESPN3 beginning at 2 p.m. PT. 

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