EUGENE, Ore. – Junior Paige Knodle wrapped up the first day of competition in the heptathlon tonight at the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, scoring a school record along the way.
“Paige was amazing today,” head coach Dan Steele said. “Setting a new school record and a big first day PR at the NCAA Championships is something only a great competitor can do.”
Knodle opened the heptathlon by breaking the UNI record in the 100 meter hurdles. The Byron, Ill. native won her heat and placed third overall with a PR time of 13.54, beating the old school record of 13.59 that was set in 2012 by former UNI multi-athlete Olimpia Nowak.
Knodle then moved onto the high jump portion of the competition, taking fifth in her flight with a height of 5-4.25. She grabbed another personal-best in the second field event of the day, throwing for a distance of 33-0.50.
She rounded out the day in the 200 meters, running a strong time of 24.83 and placing in the top-10 of the field of competitors. Knodle will head into day two of the competition in 14th place overall with 3,251 points through four events.
“She might be the best second day competitor in the country, so we are looking forward to a really exciting day tomorrow,” Steele said.
The heptathlon competition will resume tomorrow with the long jump, javelin throw and 800 meters left to be scored. Knodle will kick things off at 2:30 p.m. CT with the long jump.