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Polsgrove Places 9th in USATF Jr. Heptathlon

June 26, 2016  Clovis, Calif.  RSS
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Kylie Polsgrove finished off her freshman season by placing ninth in the heptathlon at the 2016 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships.

Kylie Polsgrove finished off her freshman season by placing ninth in the heptathlon at the 2016 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships.

Liberty's Kylie Polsgrove concluded her freshman season with a ninth-place finish in the heptathlon at the 2016 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships, Sunday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Polsgrove finished with 4,649 points after battling back-to-back days of 100-degree heat. The North Carolina native climbed one place in the standings on Sunday, thanks to her efforts in the long jump (16-10.5), javelin (90-2) and 800-meter run (2:29.22).

Polsgrove's successful first year at Liberty included Big South Women's Freshman of the Year honors outdoors. She placed third in the heptathlon, fourth in the high jump and seventh in the 100 hurdles for the conference champion Lady Flames at the 2016 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Emma Fitzgerald, a recent graduate of Thayer Academy (Mass.), finished first by 280 points with her winning score of 5,451. She will likely be joined on Team USA at the 2016 IAAF U20 World Championships by Texas Tech's Kaylee Hinton. Hinton came in 10th on Sunday, one place behind Polsgrove, but is the only other heptathlete in the field who has met the IAAF qualifying standard of 5,300 points.

Next up for Liberty track & field will be the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, slated for July 1-10 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Sam Chelanga, a 2011 Liberty graduate, will be the first former Flame to compete for a spot on Team USA. He will race in the men's 10K, Friday at 9:15 p.m. Eastern, live on NBC.