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McNaney 17th After First Day of Heptathlon at USA Track & Field Championships

June 22, 2007
|  Indianapolis, Ind.
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Danielle McNaney stands in 17th place after day one of the heptathlon at the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. (Photo by Pete Aiken)

Danielle McNaney stands in 17th place after day one of the heptathlon at the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. (Photo by Pete Aiken)

2005 Liberty graduate Danielle McNaney used a solid effort in the 100-meter hurdles to claim 17th place in the heptathlon after Friday's action at the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, in Indianapolis, Ind.

McNaney, who ran a 14.25 into a headwind in the 100-meter hurdles, totaled 3,135 points in the heptathlon's first four events. She finished sixth at the 2006 national championships and will have the opportunity to improve her standing significantly on Saturday. McNaney is only 110 points out of 11th place, and arguably her two best events, the javelin and the 800 meters, have yet to be contested.

Diana Pickler of Washington State, coming off a disappointing finish at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, leads the field of 20 competitors with 3,636 points. However, 2006 U.S. runner-up Hyleas Fountain and 2006 national champion Gi-Gi Johnson lurk just 18 and 20 points back, respectively.

Brandon Hoskins (Jr., Garden City, Texas) withdrew from the men's decathlon prior to the 400-meter dash, Friday's fifth and final event. He was in 16th place through three events before failing to clear his opening height in the high jump. Also pulling out of the decathlon was the pre-meet favorite, 2005 world champion Bryan Clay.

Four-time U.S. decathlon champion Tom Pappas sits atop the 14 remaining decathletes after totaling 4,394 opening-day points. Paul Terek is currently second, 160 points behind Pappas.

Freshman Chenoa Freeman (Lincoln, Del.) was also in action in Indianapolis Friday afternoon, as part of the Finish Line USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Freeman finished third in her heat of the women's 400-meter dash and 19th of 25 competitors overall, failing to qualify for Saturday's event final. Her official clocking was 56.74. Defending meet champion Jessica Beard paced the eight finalists with a time of 53.77.

McNaney will complete the heptathlon Saturday at the Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium, on the campus of IUPUI. She is scheduled to begin the long jump at 12:30 p.m., with the javelin and 800-meter run to follow.