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McNaney Competes for Team USA in Thorpe Cup

August 4, 2008  Manhattan, Kan.  RSS
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The above photo of Danielle McNaney is from the 2006 U.S. versus Germany heptathlon competition, which saw her lead Team USA to a come-from-behind victory. (Photo by Pete Aiken)

The above photo of Danielle McNaney is from the 2006 U.S. versus Germany heptathlon competition, which saw her lead Team USA to a come-from-behind victory. (Photo by Pete Aiken)

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For the third consecutive year, 2005 Liberty graduate Danielle McNaney represented Team USA in the Thorpe Cup heptathlon competition versus Germany, contested Saturday and Sunday at R.V. Christian Track Complex in Manhattan, Kan.

Germany was able to repeat its team title from 2007, outdistancing Team USA by 105 points, 17,267 to 17,162. The U.S. squad held the lead after day one, but Germany came from behind in the final three disciplines. Individually, U.S. heptathlete Lela Nelson led the way, notching a career-best and Thorpe Cup-record 6,029 points.

McNaney, competing in her home state of Kansas, was one of six Team USA heptathletes to participate in the meet. Battling an injured foot and 100-plus degree temperatures, she tallied 5,020 points, ranking 10th overall among the weekend participants.

"Personally, I battled a foot injury which progressively got worse throughout the meet," noted McNaney. "I was grateful to be able to finish, which was my goal considering the condition. It was an honor to compete for the U.S. again, especially after thinking my season was finished after the Trials."

The Thorpe Cup was McNaney's second major heptathlon competition this summer. She previously placed 12th at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field, June 27-28 in Eugene, Ore.