Saturday, May 23, 2009
Nursing student Heather Miller returned to Minnesota with two more All-American honors and a string of personal bests.
The Sun Prairie, Wis., junior finished second in the triple jump and fifth in the heptathlon at the May 21-22 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in San Angelo, Texas. The Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association declares the top eight finishers in each event All-Americans.
Miller set the school record with a jump of 40-07.75, eclipsing the 39-11.75 mark she set at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championships in early May.
Miller was in first place after her final triple jump, with two competitors remaining. On the second to last jump of the championships, Antionette Oglesby of Fort Valley State beat Miller's mark with a jump of 40-09.75.
"It was bittersweet," said Miller. "I was right there and I knew a national championship was possible, but I am very happy with second place."
Earlier in the day, Miller placed fifth in the heptathlon with a personal record 5165 points.
In March she finished fifth in the triple jump and eighth in the long jump at NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, earning two All-American honors.
She won NSIC outdoor titles in the heptathlon, triple jump and 100 meter hurdles. She is the NSIC Outdoor Women's Field Athlete of the Year and High Point Performer.
During the NSIC indoor season, Miller won three titles, taking firsts in the pentathlon, triple jump and 55 meter hurdles.
About 620 athletes competed in the Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the LeGrand Sports Complex at San Angelo State University. View the results.