Monday, August 10, 2009

Roehrig Wins Jim Thorpe Cup Heptathlon

Former University of Minnesota multi-event superstar Liz Roehrig won the heptathlon competition at the 16th Jim Thorpe Cup held over the weekend in Marburg. Germany.

Roehrig (pictured competing at this year's USA Championships), a five-time all-American for the Gophers, tallied a PR 5990 points to edge Germany's Christine Schmidt who scored 5974.

Full results of the competition are HERE, including men's decathlon scores.

The Thorpe Cup is a heptathlon and decathlon competition between teams from the United States and Germany. The meet is named after 1912 Olympic pentathlon and decathlon champion Jim Thorpe.

Roehrig kicked off the two-day meet with a 14.03 performance in the 100m hurdles, good for 974 points. Next, she cleared a PR 6-0 in the high jump for 1016 points. The seven-time Big Ten multi-event champion then put the shot 42-6 3/4 for 725 points and capped off Day 1 with 24.90 200m, good for 896 points.

Roehrig led the competition at the end of Day 1 with 3611 points.

On Day 2, Roehrig long jumped 20-1 for 887 points, threw the javelin a PR 137-6 for 704 points, and capped of the competition with a 2:22.67 800m for 788 points.

Roehrig told her Facebook following: "thorpe cup champ :) PR 5990 :) sooooooooo close to 6000!!!"

Last year, Roehrig finished 8th in the meet with 5402 points.

There's a Thorpe Cup photo gallery HERE.

Photo by Becky Miller.

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