This year’s heptathlon was a bittersweet event for Kara Hallock.
The Titans sophomore scored 4,785 points, exceeding her personal best in the event by over 100 points. Her performance also launched her into Lane’s record books.
Hallock’s score shattered the school heptathlon record, which had stood since 2004, when MacKenzie Winkle scored 4,698 points.
However, her record-setting performance was only good enough to earn her second place for the day.
Hallock finished second to Clackamas sophomore Elizabeth Venzon, who scored 4,905 points to earn her second consecutive heptathlon title.
“I think Liz would not be where she’s at if not for Kara and vice versa,” head coach Grady O’Connor said. “Just having a rival there, where they know if they stumble the other one is going to take advantage, is huge. Neither one of them really blinked or stumbled, and they both came out as champions in my book.”
Hallock, who also finished second last year, led Venzon at the end of day one, but lost ground in the javelin throw where she scored just 371 points compared to Venzon’s 639.
“I definitely knew that was going to be the point where she caught up, so I just tried to do everything I could in the other events,” Hallock said. “I give her a lot of credit. She worked hard. She’s a good competitor.”
Although she was hoping for a first-place finish, Hallock, who has already signed a letter of intent to compete at Oregon State University next year, has reason to be optimistic about the upcoming NWAACC championships.
“It was a good experience. I can build off of this,” Hallock said. “(Finishing second) is pretty hard, but I still have more work to do.”
She is currently ranked second in the conference in the 100-meter hurdles and long jump, and is tied for third in the high jump, while also ranking fifth in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles.
Lane freshman Mackenzie Folkerts finished sixth in the heptathlon with 3,849 points in her second time competing in the event.
“It was good,” Folkerts said. “I didn’t do so hot in long jump and javelin, so I have a lot of room for improvement, and I’ll definitely be a strong contender for next year.”
The Titans will count on Folkerts in both the high jump and triple jump when it comes time for this year’s championships. She set a personal best of 5’5″ in the high jump during the heptathlon, which ties her for third in the conference with Hallock.