BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - University of Colorado junior Brianne Beemer earned a sixth-place finish in the pentathlon after recording a personal record of 3,960 points on Sunday at the USA Track & Field Indoor Combined Events Championships.
Beemer's total score was almost 200 points higher than her previous best of 3,771 which she set last weekend at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships. The score ranks second on CU's all-time list behind Pam Owen's total of 4,046, which was recorded at the 1993 Big Eight Championships in Ames, Iowa.
Beemer recorded personal bests in four of the five events. She finished the 60-meter hurdles in 8.96 seconds, threw the shot put 36 feet, 9 3/4 inches, jumped 17-09 in the long jump and ran the 800 in 2:11.71. The 800 time is the fastest in CU combined events history as well as ranks sixth on CU's all-time list. Beemer is now the third fastest 800 performer in CU history as she only ranks behind Olympian Mary Decker and current CU teammate Liz Tremblay.
Beemer came close to her PR in the high jump, clearing 5-5 3/4.
CU volunteer assistant coach Emily Pearson was fifth at the championships. She finished with 3,994 points. Sharon Day (Asics) won the pentathlon with 4,567 points.
In the men's heptathlon, senior Adam Salzmann was ninth, finishing with 5,290 points. He excelled in the final event of the two-day competition, placing second in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:37.48. Edward Broadbent won the meet with 5,908 points.
Beemer, Pearson and Salzmann weren't the only Buffs in action this weekend. Junior Joe Morris competed on Friday night at the Arkansas Last Chance meet in Fayetteville, Ark. He recorded a season-best time of 6.64 in the 60-meter dash, placing second overall. The time is the second best in CU history behind Morris' PR of 6.63. At this point the time is 14th in the NCAA and should qualify Morris for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships March 9-10 in Nampa, Idaho.
He also recorded a personal best in the 200, racing to a seventh-place finishing in 21.09.
USATF INDOOR COMBINED EVENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Gladstein Fieldhouse (Bloomington, Ind.)
Points: (1. Sharon Day, Asics, 4,567) 5. Emily Pearson, 3,994; 6. Brianne Beemer, 3,960
60-Meter Hurdles: (1. Bettie Wade, Nike, 8.39) 4. Emily Pearson, 8.60; 9. Brianne Beemer, 8.96
High Jump: (1. Sharon Day, Asics, 6-00.75) t5. Brianne Beemer, 5-05.75; t5. Emily Pearson, 5-05.75
Shot Put: (1. Kasey Hill, unattached, 45-10.75) 7. Emily Pearson, 37-11.50; 8. Brianne Beemer, 36-09.75
Long Jump: (1. Abbie Atechschulte, unattached, 19-06.75) 7. Emily Pearson, 17-10.25; 8. Brianne Beemer, 17-09.00
800-Meter: 1. Brianne Beemer, 2:11.71; 4. Emily Pearson, 2:17.00
Points: (1. Edward Broadbent, HPC Elite, 5,908) 9. Adam Salzmann, 5,290
60-Meters: (1. Trey Hardee, unattached, 6.75) 8. Adam Salzmann, 7.19
Long Jump: (1. David Klech, unattached, 24-01.50) 13. Adam Salzmann, 20-02.50
Shot Put: (1. Jon Harlan, unattached, 51-00.25) 10. Adam Salzmann, 38-00.25
High Jump: (1. Edward Broadbent, HPC Elite, 7-01.75) 11. Adam Salzmann, 6-03.25
60-Meter Hurdles: (1. Trey Hardee, unattached, 7.75) 8. Adam Salzmann, 8.27
Pole Vault: (1. Jon Harlan, unattached, 16-04.75) 8. Adam Salzmann, 14-05.25
1,000-Meters: (1. David Klech, unattached, 2:30.64) 2. Adam Salzmann, 2:37.48
ARKANSAS LAST CHANCE QUALIFER
Randal Tyson Track Complex (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Men's 60-Meter Prelims: (1. Maurice Mitchell, FSU, 6.64) 3. Joe Morris, 6.66
Men's 60-Meter Finals: (1. Maurice Mitchell, FSU, 6.61) 2. Joe Morris, 6.64