AZUSA, Calif. – On a beautiful day that featured blue skies, 80-degree weather and slight winds, up-and-coming collegians Danielle Ayers-Stamper, a junior at Seattle Pacific University, and UCLA sophomore Nastassja Hall won the Mt. SAC Relays and California Invitational Heptathlons, respectively, during the second day of competition at Azusa Pacific University.
Ayers-Stamper, the reigning NCAA DII indoor high jump champ who entered the day in second place with 3,181 points, captured the Mt. SAC Relays title with an NCAA Division II qualifying and Great Northwest Athletic Conference record score of 5,491 points. She assumed the lead from Aja Frary after the javelin with a toss of 130’ 2” and then ran a personal record 2:21.01 in the 800 meters to solidify her claim on the victory. Though the 5,491 total is the lowest winning score for the Mt. SAC Relays Heptathlon since Shelia Tarr’s 5,379 in 1987, it was still the second-best score in Seattle Pacific history.
Ayers-Stamper’s previous heptathlon best was 5,149 which she scored while finishing second at the 2003 U.S. National Junior Championship at Stanford.
Brooke Meredith, a senior All-American out of Cal, was second with 5,401 points, while former San Diego State All-American Aja Frary, the day 1 leader with 3,282 points, was third with 5,280 points.
Minnesota’s Jacenta Spandl (5,042) and Liz Roehrig (5,004) registered personal-best scores as well and, along with Meredith, provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championship Meet.
In the California Invitational Heptathlon, Nastassja Hall, a sophomore out of UCLA, clocked a personal-best 2:17.92 in the 800 meters to rally from behind and win event with a personal-best and NCAA qualifying tally of 5,191 points.
Hall, who never led the competition until the seventh and final event, put herself in position to win the heptathlon with a monster 27-foot PR in the javelin (103’ 8”) to move to within 91 points of 6-event leader, Katie Lloyd, a Colorado State sophomore. In the 800, Hall grabbed the early lead and never relinquished it, beating the rest of the field by at least 5 seconds. Lloyd, the first day leader with 3,102, clocked a PR of 2:29.46 in the 800 but couldn’t stay within reach of Hall to hang on for the victory. Nonetheless, she finished with another PR of 5,130 points to also qualify for the NCAAs.
Oklahoma State freshman Tihana Sarac, who opened the day in fourth place, finished third with 4,960 points, breaking her own Croatian record of 4,652.
Reigning Big Ten champion Travis Brandstatter of Minnesota put together an excellent second day, rallying from fifth place after the first day to win the Mt. SAC Relays Decathlon with 7,641 points.
Michael Mayes, a junior at NCAA Division II member Adams State College, took the California Invitational Decathlon with 6,389 points to provisionally qualify for the NCAA meet.
Click on the "Box Scores" button at the top to view complete heptathlon totals. Additional pictures of the entire competition are available at www.prettysporty.com.