March 11, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Cal State Northridge senior Sherrina Lofton scored 3,814 points to finish 15th in the Pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships Friday at Texas A&M's Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
Lofton opened the day in spectacular fashion running a personal-best 8.63 to finish sixth in the first event, the 60 meter hurdles. Lofton, who's previous best was 8.77, earned a solid total of 989 points for her efforts.
But unfortunately things quickly changed as Lofton posted a best of 5-4.25 (1.63) to finish a disappointing 14th in the high jump. She earned 771 points but her top height was well below her season and career-best of 5-8 (7.73).
The shot put was next and the senior from Fairfield, Callif., finished 12th to earn an additional 604 points. Lofton's top throw of 36-6.25 (11.13) was also well below her season-best of 38-9 (11.81).
With 2,364 points through three events, Lofton then earned 657 points with a 16th-place finish in the long jump and concluded with 793 points with a 13th-place finish in the 800 meters.
Lofton's best mark in the long jump of 17-6.75 (5.35) came on her final attempts and her time in the 800 meters was 2:22.30.
Oregon's Brianne Theisen won her second consecutive NCAA Pentathlon title with an NCAA and championship meet record 4,540 points.
2011 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Women's Indoor Pentathlon
1. Brianne Theisen, Oregon (4540 points)
2. Chantae McMillan, Nebraska (4396)
2. Kiani Profit, Maryland (4396)
4. Dorcas Akinniyi, Wisconsin (4254)
5. Chelsea Carrier, West Virginia (4128)
6. Ryann Krais, Kansas State (4115)
7. Malaikah Love, So. Illinois (4054)
8. Ellen Wortham, Tennessee (4042)
9. Barbara Nwaba, UC Santa Barbara (4020)
10. Diana Dumitrescu, Kent State (4006)
11. Precious Nwokey, Kentucky (3992)
12. Olimpia Nowak, Northern Iowa (3947)
13. Makeba Alcide, Arkansas (3919)
14. Lucie Ondraschkova, Georgia (3906)
15. Sherrina Lofton, Northridge (3814)
16. Whitney Carlson, North Dakota State (3573)
- GO MATADORS -