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Hinton brings home crown for Texas Tech track & field

Kaylee Hinton (Source: TTU Athletics) Kaylee Hinton (Source: TTU Athletics)

Provided by Texas Tech Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Texas Tech track & field picked up a 1-2 finish in the heptathlon on Thursday at the Kansas Relays at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence.

Kaylee Hinton came into the day with the edge and carried it through to completion, finishing at 5348 points to earn the win. Natalie Thompson challenged Hinton for the top spot, but finished less than a hundred points back in second at 5255.
The score propelled Hinton to No. 7 on Texas Tech's all-time top 10 list and up to 30th in the NCAA this season. For Thompson, it gave her the ninth-best score in school history, passing her mark from earlier this season of 5228 points at the Texas Relays, and is 33rd in the country in 2016.

Hinton added to her lead by claiming the top spot in the long jump to open Thursday's competition. With her final attempt, she hit the sand at a distance of 5.89m/19-4 to earn 816 points and take a 4009 point score into the javelin competition. Thompson and Morgan maintained their second and fifth-place marks with 3735 points and 3327 points, respectively.

Thompson closed the gap with her performance in the javelin, tossing it to a distance of 41.33m/135-7 to rack up 693 points, finishing first in the section. Hinton posted a PR of 35.89m/117-9 to earn second in the section with 589 points.

Going into the final event of the heptathlon, Hinton lead with 4598 points, with Thompson closely following in second at 4428 points. The duo would go 1-2 in the 800 meters, as Thompson crossed the finish line first at 2:19.74 and Hinton in second at 2:25.53. The times brought the margin between the two closer together, but Hinton would finish with the victory at 5348 points and Thompson in second at 5255 points. Morgan placed sixth with 4262 points.

Michael Samuels began his day in the decathlon 110-meter hurdles, running down a personal-best 15.71 to score 766 points. His third toss of the discus got him on the board and propelled him to fourth in the section at 36.82m/120-9. The mark earned him 600 points, giving him a total of 4670 and a seventh-place spot after seven events.

Samuels stayed in seventh after the pole vault, clearing 3.90m/12-9.5 on his first attempt to earn 590 points. In the javelin, Samuels came within two feet of his personal-best, hitting a distance of 49.15m/161-3, for 576 points. Going into the final event, the 1500 meters, Samuels had a score of 5836 points and had moved up to sixth.

After starting the day in eighth, Samuels would wrap up the decathlon with a sixth-place finish after clocking in with a time of 4:56.82 in the 1500 meters, giving him a final total of 6414 points.

The rest of the Texas Tech track & field teams will be in action on Saturday, April 23, at the Michael Johnson Invitational at Clyde Hart Track & Field Complex in Waco, Texas. Field events begin at 11 a.m., while running starts at 1 p.m.Hinton brings home heptathlon crown at Kansas relays

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