Millville’s Bryanna Craig, a freshman at Purdue, and Winslow’s Tionna Tobias, a junior at Iowa, finished 2nd and 3rd in the pentathlon Friday at the Big Ten Championships with both South Jersey athletes posting lifetime bests in the one-day, five-event challenge.
Craig took 2nd with 4,046 points, and Tobias was 3rd with 3,997 points. Indiana senior Hope Purcell won the event with 4,109 points.
Craig’s previous PR was 3,968 points at a meet last month in Louisville, and Tobias’s was 3,919 at a meet last month in Fayetteville.
Craig ran 8.79 in the hurdles for 954 points, cleared 5-8 in the high jump for 891 points, threw the shot put a lifetime-best 34- for 560 points, long jumped for 750 points and closed with a 2:15.09 for 891 points. She had the second-best performance in the field in the high jump and third-best in the 800.
Tobias ran 8.49 in the hurdles for 1,019 points, high jumped 5-4 ½ for 783 points, threw the shot 33-8 ¾ for 548 points, long jumped 19-5 ¼ for 825 points and ran an 800 PR of 2:20 for 822 points. She had the top performances in the hurdles and long jump.
Craig’s 4,046 is No. 4 in Purdue history and the highest score by a Boilermaker in 25 years – since Beth Reid scored 4,074 points at the 1997 Big Ten Championships in Iowa City. It’s also No. 26 in NCAA Division 1 and No. 2 among freshmen. Tobias’s score is No. 33 in Division 1.
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Tobias’s 3,997 is No. 3 in Iowa history, behind only Jenny Kimbro (4,269 in 2020) and Tria Simmons (4,200 in 2019).