Highlands’ Slack shatters national heptathlon mark

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By The Staff

Salcia Slack racked up an NCAA Division II record 5,833 points in the women’s heptathlon on Monday in Alamosa, Colo., easily winning the event in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference outdoor track and field championships.

Slack has already qualified for the NCAA Division II outdoor national championships in the heptathlon.

Within the heptathlon competition, the New Mexico Highlands University junior won in the hurdles, shot put, 200-meter dash, long jump, javelin and the 800-meter run — nearly a clean sweep. Only teammate Destiny Dillworth, a sophomore, broke the spell, winning in the high jump. Dillworth placed second in the heptathlon with 4,992 points, good enough for a provisional qualification for nationals.

Through two days, the Cowgirls have won titles in 100-meter hurdles (Slack, 14.12 seconds), long jump (Shanice McPherson, 6.14 meters), hammer throw (Elizabeth Robertson, 53.35 meters, NCAA provisional qualifier), javelin (Slack, 44.59 meters, NCAA provisional qualifier).

Coach Bob DeVries’ Cowgirls recently attained their highest national ranking at No. 9.