Mount Mercy News
Photo courtesy of Diane Higgins.
Photo courtesy of Diane Higgins.
Track & Field - Fri, May. 24, 2013

MARION, Ind. -- Mount Mercy's Jenna Higgins narrowly missed out on her second national title in as many days and Larissa Wilden raced in the final hurdle event of her career on Friday during day two of the 33rd Annual NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Higgins sat in fourth place in the heptathlon after the first four events on Thursday. But she moved up two spots on Friday after finishing fourth in the long jump (17'-8"), winning the javelin (154'-9") and placing 14th in the 800 meter run (2:41.20). Thursday's events included the 100 meter hurdles (4th/:14.99), high jump (16th/4'-7"), shot put (6th/34'-8 1/4") and 200 meter dash (1st/:25.10).

Friday's runner-up finish at the NAIA outdoor national meet was even more impressive considering it was only the second time Higgins had competed in the heptathlon. She is now a six-time all-American overall and can get a seventh honor when the 4x100 meter relay squad races in the finals on Saturday. Higgins is a two-time national champion and four-time all-American in the javelin.

Wilden, who is competing in three events at the outdoor national championships, ended up 18th in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of :15.25 in the third heat of preliminaries. She can also become a six-time all-American on Saturday. Wilden will compete in the high jump at 1:00 p.m. Central Time and will join Higgins, freshman Maryann Dike and senior Mwale Kapande in the finals of the 4x100 meter relay at 1:40 p.m. CT.

Through nine scored events, Oklahoma Baptist leads the women's standings with 23.75 points. Doane (Neb.) is next with 23 points, followed by Concordia (Ore.) (22), Mount Mercy (19) and Baker (Kan.) (18.75).