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Katie Ollendick of Women's Track Steals Penn Relays Heptathlon Title

She qualifies for NCAA Championships.

April 22, 1998
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Virginia Tech All-American Katie Ollendick won the heptathlon at the Penn Relays Wednesday, while qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

Ollendick, a senior from Blacksburg, Va., scored 5,378 points for the win. This was the first ever Penn Relays win for Tech. Ollendick's finish was not only a school record, but a provisional qualifier for the NCAA Championship meet.

After the first four events held Tuesday, Ollendick led the event with 3,293 points. The final three events were staged Wednesday.

Ollendick had a 5.32 meter long jump, where she held on to the lead. Although she threw for a personal best 32.22 meters in the javelin, Ollendick dropped to second behind.Christy Smith of Akron. Her personal best 800-meter dash time of 2:13.19 put her back in the lead and ensured the win.

"The most outstanding individual performance for Katie was her 800 race to win. She had fallen into second-place after the javelin and knew she had to win the 800 by a few seconds to win th whole thing." said head coach Lori Taylor. "She ended up winning the 800 by 14 seconds, which was a big personal record for her."

Christy Smith of Akron University finished in second-place with 5,214 points and Shelia Acosta of Puerto Rico came in third with 5,039 points.

The Virginia Tech track and field teams will join Ollendick in Philadelphia for competition Thursday through Saturday.

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