In her first year of collegiate competition, East Coweta graduate Aliyah Whisby challenged in the heptathlon at this year’s NCAA Track and Field Championships. The Kennesaw State redshirt freshman climbed as high as fourth in point standings before finishing 17th at historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon.
With 5,490 points, Whisby, who missed all of 2016-17 due to injury, earned Honorable Mention honors.
Whisby’s effort on day one was bookended by a new school record in the 100-meter hurdles of 13.60 as well as one in the 200 in 24.38. In between, she finished fifth in the high jump at 1.75 meters (5-8 3/4).
On day two, she placed seventh in the long jump at 5.87m (19-3 3/4).
The former Lady Indians standout entered the meet ranked 23rd in the heptathlon and finished as the No. 3-ranked freshman in the country in the event.
“I am very proud of her and what she has accomplished this year,” said KSU Director of Track and Field Andy Eggerth in a release. “I know she is disappointed with this result which may be the best thing for her as she has three more years as a collegiate athlete to improve upon it.”