ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — UNO’s Sami Spenner blew away her coaches at the U.S. indoor track and field championships.
Spenner, who competed in six events last weekend at the Summit League championships, came back Friday to finish in fourth place in the pentathlon with a school-record 4,271 points. She had won that event, along with the triple jump and long jump at the start of the week to win Summit field MVP.
Mavericks coach Steve Smith said he and field coach Chris Richardson had hoped that Spenner would have a decent day. Smith said nobody in their right mind would compete in two pentathlons in such a short time.
But they wanted Spenner to perform on a big stage somewhere after she wasn’t allowed to compete in the NCAA Division I indoor championships next week.
“We can’t believe this is happening just five days later,” Smith said. “This is a pretty big deal.”
Sharon Day, who was second in the heptathlon at the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer, won the event with 4,478 points.
Spenner won the long jump portion with a leap of 20 feet, 514 inches, tying the school record, and had personal bests in three other events. She will be awarded a bronze medal Saturday during an awards ceremony. Both the third- and fourth-place finishers receive bronze.
Spenner, one of the few collegians competing at the event, also will compete in the open long jump Saturday.