James Madison’s Bethany Biggi, a sophomore from Rancocas Valley, placed 5th Friday in the pentathlon at the 45th annual ECAC Championships at Boston University.
Biggi scored a personal-best 3,476 points in the one-day, five-event multi challenge, recording PRs in both the 800 and shot put. She finished only 15 points out of 3rd place. Her previous PR was 3,409 earlier from the Winter Relays at Virginia Military Institute in January in Lexington City, Va.
Her score Friday ranks 5th on the all-time JMU pentathlon performance list but only 90 points off the school record of 3,566 points set in 2008 by Christine Nicewonger. That’s 18 points per event.
Biggi began the day running a near-PR 9.56 for the 60-meter hurdles, good for 796 points. She cleared 5-4 ½ in the high jump next, scoring 783 points. Next up was the shot, where she set a PR of 32-3 ¾, good for 520 points. Then it was off to the long jump, where she scored 623 points with a 17-2 jump. She finished up by running a collegiate PR 2:25.22 in the 800 for 754 points.
Biggi’s previous shot PR was 31-11 ¼ in a pentathlon in Lynchburg, Va., in January. Her previous 800 best was 2:28.30 last year, also in a meet in Lynchburg.
Her other PRs are 9.54 in the hurdles and 17-8 ¾ in the long jump, both from her pentathlon in January, and 5-5 ¾ in the high jump from a high jump competition at a meet in Annapolis in December.
Biggi placed 3rd in the heptathlon last spring at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships in Harrisonburg, Va.
It appears that the CAA for reasons I can’t fathom does not have an indoor track championship meet.
ECAC stands for Eastern Conference Athletic Conference.