College Track and Field: Degen wraps up stellar career at nationals
GENEVA, Ohio — Jenna Degen's impressive four-year career with the College of Saint Benedict track and field team came to an end Friday, May 24 at the SPIRE Institute.
Degen — competing at the NCAA National Championships for the fourth time — finished 22nd on the national stage in the heptathlon with a score of 4,282. As well as qualifying for four national championship meets, Degen graduates with a pair of All-American honors and nine times or marks in the top 10 in program history — including school records in the pentathlon and heptathlon.
After the first four events of the heptathlon were competed Thursday, Degen headed into the second day in 22nd and that's where she finished. She recorded a pair of top-15 finishes Friday, taking 11th in the javelin and 15th in the 800-meter run.
Degen started Day 2 of the heptathlon competition with a 20th-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 4.95 meters. Her mark of 29.98 meters was good for 11th in the javelin and she wrapped up the day with a time of 2:30.63 in the 800.
George Fox's Annie Wright won the 2019 heptathlon title with 5,101 points, and Williams' Caitlin Ubl was second with 4,946.
As well as finishing her career with a pair of All-American honors — both in 2017 — Degen also graduates with six All-MIAC honors, including the MIAC pentathlon championship in 2017. She also earned five USTFCCCA All-Region honors in her career.
Degen's top finish Thursday, May 23, came in the shot put where she finished seventh with a toss of 10.12 meters. That marks the second time this season she has surpassed the 10-meter mark, with the first time coming last week at the North Central Qualifier.
The heptathlon started Thursday with the 100-meter hurdles, where Degen took 22nd with a time of 15.82. She came back to finish in a tie for 12th in the high jump with a leap of 1.54 meters. Degen wrapped up the first day with a 22nd-place finish in the 200-meter dash in 27.94 seconds, her second-best time of the season.