Byline: Curtis Anderson The Register-Guard
SACRAMENTO - Lauryn Jordan is still new to the heptathlon.
In only her seventh attempt at the event, the Oregon junior placed 14th overall at the NCAA Track & Field Championships on a sweltering Saturday afternoon at Hornet Stadium.
The transfer from nearby San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif., tallied 5,367 points for a personal best that boosted her to No. 5 on the all-time UO list.
`She's getting better every time she competes,' UO assistant coach Rock Light said. `A lifetime best in the big show is great.'
Jordan was the only Duck female to leave the NCAA meet with a PR as Oregon placed in a tie for 32nd with eight points, courtesy of senior Sarah Malone's runner-up performance in the javelin.
In the seven events that make up the heptathlon, Jordan established lifetime bests in the 100 hurdles (14.38 seconds), 200 (25.25) and 800 (2:31.15), while setting heptathlon PRs in the shot put (41 feet, 7 1/4 inches) and long jump (19-6 1/4 ).
She also threw 111-7 in the javelin and cleared 5-5 1/4 in the high jump.
The high jump mark was somewhat frustrating, because she soared 5-10 earlier this year to take second at the Pac-10 championships.
`At the higher heights, I tend to jump better. At the lower heights, I was slacking. I get too close to the bar,' she said. `But that's the life of a hep. You have to suck it up and go to the next event.'
Jordan plans to stay in Eugene and train this summer so she can come back next season stronger, faster and fitter.
But she probably won't be wearing a Duck uniform.
`Lauryn is a very strong candidate to redshirt next year,' Light said. `If this women's program is going in the direction we want it to ... given another year to prepare athletically, she can come back here (to nationals) and be in contention to be in the top three. She's that good. She needs that time to learn all of the events and get her fitness level up. …