All-American Angella Graham placed sixth in the heptathlon, racking up 5,282 points Thursday in the opening day of competition at the NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field championships in Charlotte, N.C. The New Mexico Highlands University standout later finished fifth in the triple jump. Aisha Adams, a junior at Angelo State, won the women’s heptathlon with 5,698 points. Trailing Adams were Angelo State teammate Chrystal Ruiz (5,572), Maddy Outman of Indiana, Pa. (5,392), Lindsay Lettow of Central Missouri (5,386), Shannon Moore of Nebraska-Omaha (5,324) and Graham. Graham finished ahead of 10 other qualifiers. As part of the hepatathlon quest, Graham posted a time of 14.29 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles; a 24.59 in the 200-meter dash; a 2:25.39 in the 800-meter run; a 5-5.75 high jump; a 5.4-meter long jump; a 34.12-meter javelin throw; and a shot put of 11.42 meters. Among the heptathletes, she was one of the elite in the javelin, placing third. She ranked fourth in the shot put, fifth in the 200, and sixth in the high jump. Graham placed fifth in the triple jump, clearing 12.24 meters (40 feet, 2 inches). Antionette Oglesby of Fort Valley State won with a 12.96 (42-6.25). Graham was to compete in three events on Saturday — the triple jump in the morning and the 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash in the evening — but wound up only in the triple jump. Earlier this spring, Graham earned All-American honors in the NCAA Division II indoor championships, placing third in the triple jump and seventh in the pentathlon. With a total of seven All-American trophies, she is the most decorated NMHU student-athlete of the school’s NCAA era (1991 to present). Graham was Highlands’ lone qualifier for the outdoor nationals. The Cowgirls’ 400-meter team qualified providonally but did not make the final cut for competition; Kentucky State was the 13th and final qualifier while NMHU was 16th in the national standings for the event. NMHU’s women’s track and field program is coached by Bob DeVries.