EUGENE — Kara Hallock’s day didn’t turn out as she had hoped.
But there’s still plenty left to be achieved for the Oregon State senior.
Hallock, a Lebanon High graduate, sits in 17th place after the first day of the heptathlon at the NCAA Division I outdoor track and field championships at Hayward Field.
Hallock was 15th in the 100-meter hurdles, 16th in the high jump, seventh in the shot put, 19th in the 200 and finished the day with 3,112 points. The heptathlon concludes Saturday with the long jump, javelin and 800.
“It’s not going so well for her, but she’ll bounce back tomorrow,” Beavers multi-events coach Eric Schueffner said Friday.
Hallock opened the competition with the 100 hurdles in the early afternoon rain.
She ran a clean race and finished in 14.26 seconds, off the 13.90 PR she ran at the Pac-12 heptathlon a month ago.
With the rain stopped, Hallock then entered the high jump at 5 feet, ½ inch and cleared on her second try. She then missed her first two tries at 5-1¾ but got over on her third and final attempt, wobbling the bar in the process.
Hallock went out of the competition with three misses at 5-3 and finished with 701 points.
The drizzle returned mid-afternoon for the shot put.
She started with a 37-2¼ but then heaved a personal-best 39-3 ¾, nearly 11 inches and 18 points better than the PR she set at the Pac-12 multis.
After a break of about three hours, Hallock ran 25.86 in the 200, more than a half second off the 25.20 she clocked last month.
Schueffner said Hallock has been dealing with a “foot issue” this week and missed several days of training.
Hallock came in hoping for a top-eight finish in order to become a first team All-American, but that appears out of reach.
But finishing between ninth and 16th would get her on the second team.
The long jump, which opens day two, is one of Hallock’s strongest events, and she has made significant strides this season in the next event, the javelin.
The two-day, seven-event competition ends with the 800, where Hallock has been solid.
“This is an event she can really break out on,” Schueffner said.
Hallock is the first Beaver in five years to compete in the NCAA championships (Laura Carlyle, 1,500) and the second athlete since the program’s revival in 2005.
At last month’s Pac-12 championships, Hallock set outdoor personal bests in the 100 hurdles, shot put, 200 and javelin on her way to second place and a personal-best 5,551 points, which were good enough to get her into the NCAA field.
Hallock is 128 points behind her first-day total that produced her personal best.
Her point total from the Pac-12 meet is also the No. 2 point total in OSU history. The school record is held by Sonya Harrigfeld Crowther (5,592, 1982).
The top 24 on the final season list qualify for nationals. Hallock’s 5,551 tied with two others for 22nd, 11 points ahead of 25th place.