McNeese sophomore multi-event athlete Grace McKenzie has been voted as this week’s Southland Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week presented by UniversalCoin.com, the league office announced on Wednesday.
McKenzie is coming off the best outing of her career in the pentathlon at the Samford Heptathlon & Pentathlon last week, and one of the best in school history.
She set a personal record and came four points shy of the school mark with 3653 points for a fourth place finish in the pentathlon.
The Cork, Ireland native also posted event PRs in the 800-meter (2:23.59), long jump (16-8.5) and 60-meter hurdles (9.11). Her point total is ranked first in the Southland Conference by more than 100 points, and is ranked 21st nationally.
McKenzie shines at Samford multis meet
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – McNeese’s Grace McKenzie came within four points of setting a new McNeese indoor track and field record in the pentathlon as her 3,653 placed her fourth at the 2017 Samford Heptathlon/Pentathlon Meet on Thursday.
Her total just missed out on the school record of 3,656 set by Mariah Georgetown on Jan. 28, 2012.
In addition to her PR in total points, the sophomore recorded PRs in the 60-meter hurdles (9.11) and 800-meters (2:23.29) while tying a PR in the long jump (16-8.5).
McKenzie beat out six other athletes from the Southland Conference, including 2016 SLC outdoor heptathlon champion and indoor silver medalist Madeline Kaufmann of Stephen F. Austin.