Strong Second Day Launches Howell to Heptathlon Win at CA Invite
Aaron Howell

April 17, 2014

• Complete Results: Mt. SAC Relays

Site: Azusa, Calif. (Cougar Athletic Stadium)
Event: California Invitational Heptathlon (Day 2)
U-M Team Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event:
Friday, April 18 -- at Mt. SAC Relays (Walnut, Calif.), 10 a.m. PDT [ Live Results ]

AZUSA, Calif. -- In her first collegiate heptathlon, freshman Aaron Howell (Farmington Hills, Mich./Farmington) of the University of Michigan women's track and field team won the Invite A section of the heptathlon at the California Invitational Heptathlon on Friday (April 17) at Cougar Athletic Stadium.

Howell topped 44 other heptathletes that completed all seven events over a two-day span. In her first collegiate heptathlon, she earned 5,416 points to win by a seven-point margin over UCLA senior Alexis Walker. Howell was sitting third after the first day and used solid second-day performances, including a win in the javelin to move into the lead. Her winning mark of 39.52 meters (129-7.75) in the javelin was more than six meters farther than her previous personal record.

She started the day by finishing 14th in the long jump with a leap of 5.33 meters (17-5.75) and secured the victory by running to an 11th-place finish in her first collegiate outdoor 800-meter run with a time of 2:20.79.

In a week featuring split-squad competition for Michigan, junior Anna Pasternak (Brighton, Mich./Hartland) also represented the Maize and Blue at the Mt. SAC Relays in the 10,000-meter run at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif. In her first time competing in a collegiate 10,000-meter run, she ran in the Open A section, clocking a time of 35:31.09 to take sixth place.

Select U-M middle-distance and distance runners, as well as two pole vaulters, will be in actiontomorrow(Friday, April 18) at the Mt. SAC Relays.Competition will start at10 a.m. PDT, while Michigan will begin at11 a.m. PDTwith the 1,500-meter run.

Aaron Howell - javelin (39.52m, 129-7.75)

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