Henry Wins Pentathlon, Downes Second in Heptathlon

From GoShockers.com — WICHITA, Kan. – Kendra Henry set a personal best pentathlon score of 3,572 to win the Shocker Multi Saturday evening at the Heskett Center.

Kendra Henry set personal bests in the 60m hurdles (9.20), shot put (12.22m/40-1.25) and 800m (2:25.91) to win the Shocker Multi pentathlon.

“I came in feeling confident,” said Henry “This off-season we had all been training really hard and I felt comfortable in all of my events. I was excited to see what I was going to do because I have seen the improvements in practice.”

The redshirt sophomore led a Wichita State group that placed three other Shockers in the top-5. Claudia Rojo finished second (3,560), Sydney Wilson placed third (3,400) and Maria Romero rounded out the top-5 with a personal best pentathlon score of 3,287.

“I was really proud of the women today,” said head track and field director Steve Rainbolt “I know enough about this to know that it’s not easy to do a pentathlon as the season opener and have really good performances. Kendra Henry had a personal best to win the event and beats a really good athlete in Claudia Rojo.”

The Shocker women set a total of 14 personal bests. Henry led the way with four personal best, followed by Romero with three (pentathlon, 60m hurdles (9.08), high jump (1.52m/4-11.75)), Hanna Cole with three (pentathlon (3,152), 60m hurdles (9.61), long jump (5.67m/18-7.25)) and Jalen Milligan with three (pentathlon (2,858), 60m hurdles (9.49), high jump (1.49m/4-10.5). Wilson set one personal best in the shot put with a mark of 11.42m/37-5.75.

After having a breakthrough performance on day one, sophomore Grant Downes carried that momentum to day to finishing second in the heptathlon with a personal best score of 4,802 points.

Grant Downes is off to a good start,” said Rainbolt “I’m proud of him and I think he will be a guy that can contend in The American conference.”

Lucas Shaffer set a personal best in the pole vault (4.10m/13-5.25) and 1000m (2:55.07), to finish fifth overall with 4,522 points, a personal best heptathlon score.

Davis Dubbert recorded a personal best heptathlon score of 4,239 to finish eighth. Dubbert equaled his personal best in the 60m hurdles (9.67) and set a personal best in the pole vault (3.60m/11-9.75).

Redshirt senior Ben Johnson pulled out of day two due to injury.

Photo Gallery at:  Pictures taken by Tyler Pounds, WSU Media Relations: https://goshockers.com/galleries/?gallery=3141

The Shockers are next in action with the Intraquad meet on Friday, Dec. 7.

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