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Carbon Track star takes third in Heptathlon

Karrisa Nelson shown competing in the hurdles in an earlier meet, took third place in the Heptaplon at BYU last week. She competed in seven events and came back from sixth place in the final event to secure the third place finish.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

Carbon High senior, Karrisa Nelson, competed in the Heptathlon at BYU May 5 and 5. The Heptathlon consists of seven events:100 hurdles; 200 meter dash; 800 meter run, high jump; long jump; javelin and shot put.

The competiton started with the 100 hurdles, Nelson ran a 16.34. Then in the high jump she only jumped 4'3",her best was 4'7".

"The good thing about the heptathlon is how you bounce back from event to event. It is who can do all the events the best." stated Coach Jimmy Jewkes.

The next event was the shot put, Nelson threw it 23'. The last event of the first day was the 200m in which Nelson ran a new personal best of 27.11. She was in fifth place.

On Thursday the first event was the Long Jump. Nelson got a mark of 13'; which was not her best mark; but it is not one of her best events either. She now found herself in 6th place with two events to go.

"I talked to her on the phone and she still thought she could get in the top three," added Jewkes. "This is the best all round girls in track and field that compete in the hep so she knew it would be a up hill battle."

Nelson rebounded in the next event which was the Javelin, one of her best events. She hit 100'5". This only kept her in 6th, but shortened the gap between her and the rest of the field.

Jewkes added, "She would have to run a great 800 meter run. She also knew that she was well prepared for this because she had worked with Coach Allen during track and cross country on the conditioning."

Nelson leapt up to 3rd place with a 2:28 time in the 800. The Heptathlon included 3A- 5A schools.

Nelson also recieved a special invitation to travel with the Utah Track and Field All-star team to compete at the Great Southwest invitational in New Mexico in June. Only the top athletes in the state get invited so this is a huge honor.

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