Wichmann 16th at NCAA track championship
Hawaii sophomore Annett Wichmann won the shot put to help make up for a rough day on the track and is 16th overall after the first day of the heptathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Sacramento State.
Wichmann enters today's events tied with Jaime Greubel of Cornell with 3,150 points. Arizona State's Jacqueline Johnson leads the field of 28 competitors with 3,526 points.
Wichmann began the day with a false start in the first heat of the 100-meter hurdles. Forced to play it safe to avoid disqualification, she posted a time of 15.24 seconds to place 27th overall.
Wichmann bounced back by clearing 5 feet, 6 1/2 inches to set a personal best in the high jump. She then moved up to ninth by setting the UH shot put record for the heptathlon with a throw of 45-9, but slipped back to 16th with a time of 27.04 seconds in the 200 meters.
The two-day event concludes today with the long jump, javelin throw and 800-meter run.
State's top basketball player picks BYUH
Kahuku basketball standout Okesene Ale Jr., the Star-Bulletin's All-State Player of the Year, has committed to play at Brigham Young-Hawaii, the school announced yesterday.
Ale averaged 23.6 points per game as a senior in leading the Red Raiders to the state tournament.
BYUH coach Ken Wagner called Ale, "the best player I've seen at Kahuku in the 14 years I've been here. ... He has great quickness, can jump and is very athletic."