DELAWARE, Ohio — Hendrix’s Elizabeth Krug could not repeat as NCAA Division III heptathlon champion but still added to her record-setting resume as one of the most outstanding athletes in school history.
Friday, she became a five-time All-American as she finished third in the heptathlon with a school record 5,074 points at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Krug, from Heber Springs, is the third four-time All-American in the heptathlon in DIII history, joining Shawn Lawson of Occidental (1983-86) and Heather Pancake of Wheaton (Ill.) (1997-2000). Krug was the national champion last year, placed sixth as a sophomore and seventh as a freshman. She was also an All-American in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2012.
Her 5,074 points this year is the seventh-best total in NCAA Division III history.
She was second going into the final day.
She entered the final three events in second place after setting two school records on Thursday. She started the day with a 14th place finish in the long jump at 5.05 meters (16 ft.-7 in.), dropping to fourth. Krug moved up to third by breaking her three-year old school record in the javelin with a throw of 37.53 meters (123 ft.-1 in.), the fourth best toss in the 22-woman field. Krug ended her Hendrix career with an 800 meter run of 2:22.68, finishing eighth overall.
Amanda Campbell of Carleton won the 2014 title with 5,221 points. Jessika Smith of Wisconsin-Stout was second with 5,170 points.
Freshman Victoria Amadi will try to join Krug as an All-American in the triple jump which begins at 2 p.m. central time on Saturday.