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McNaney Finishes Ninth in Heptathlon at USA Track & Field Championships

June 23, 2007
|  Indianapolis, Ind.
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Danielle McNaney's strong second-day performance boosted her from 17th place to ninth in the heptathlon at the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Danielle McNaney's strong second-day performance boosted her from 17th place to ninth in the heptathlon at the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

2005 Liberty graduate Danielle McNaney earned her second consecutive top 10 heptathlon finish at the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis, Ind. An exceptional second day propelled McNaney from 17th place to ninth at the end of the seven-event competition, with a final score of 5,555.

McNaney, who finished sixth at the 2006 national championships, wasted no time in moving up through the field on Saturday. On her third and final long jump attempt, McNaney reached out to 19-3.25, a mark which tied for eighth-best among the heptathletes. She then moved on to one of her strongest events, the javelin, where she threw a 136-1, the fifth-longest toss of the afternoon.

McNaney saved her best for last, blazing her way to a 2:13.48 for 800 meters, a time which stood up as the fastest of the competition by over a second. The performance also increased her day two point total to 2,420. Only meet champion Hyleas Fountain (2,472 points) was more successful than McNaney in the final three events.

Fountain captured her second national title in the heptathlon in the last three seasons by totaling 6,090 points. She was able to hold off day one leader Diana Pickler of Washington State (6,029) and 2006 national champion Gi-Gi Johnson (6,002). The trio will be eligible to represent the United States at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan.