JULY 30, 2017 - DUSSELDORF, GERMANY
Jackie Siefring, a 2014 Covington High School graduate and junior standout at Akron University, helped lead Team USA to a victory over Germany in the women's heptathlon in the Thorpe Cup on Sunday in Dusseldorf, Germany.
With Siefring's help, the United States defeated the German squad by 1,181 points - 17,461 to 16,280.
Siefring, who recently finished fifth in the heptathlon at the NCAA Championships and then 10th at the USATF Outdoor National Championships in July, was the lone collegiate competitor on Team USA - the rest being professionals. Still, the Akron All-American on the long jump with a distance of 19-11.75, placed third in the 800 meter run (2:14.92), fourth in the high jump (5-5), fifth in the shot put (39-5.25),7th in the 200 meter dash (25.41), 8th in the 100 meter hurdles (14.36), and 11th in the Javelin (111-9). Overall, Siefring finished seventh individually with 5,560 accumulated points.
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JUNE 25, 2017 - SACRAMENTO, CA
2014 Covington graduate Jackie Siefring finished 10th in the women's heptathlon at the USATF (United States of America Track and Field) Outdoor National Championships on Sunday to garner an invitation to compete for Team USA at the Thorpe Cup in Dusseldorf Germany in July.
The Thorpe Cup is an international competition between USA and Germany. Teams are composed of up to seven men and seven women who compete in the decathlon and heptathlon.
Athletes receive a predetermined number of points based upon their performances in each of the events in the decathlon and heptathlon. The top five men's and top three women's scores are added together to determine the overall men's and women's team winners.
On Sunday in Sacramento, Siefring accumulated a score of 5,652 - good for 10th place. She finished 14th in 110 meter hurdlers (14.11), 13th in the high jump (5-5/1.65m), 8th in the shot put (40-6.75/12.36m), 13th in the 200 meter dash (25.08), 8th in the long jump (19-5.50/5.93), 12th in the javelin (118-1/36.00m), and 3rd in the 800 meter run (2.13.73).
Siefring entered the final day of competition in 13th place, but was able to climb into the top-ten on the final day with her performances in the javelin, 800 meters and long jump.
It capped yet another historic accomplishment for Siefring as she it came just two weeks after a 5th place performance at the 2017 NCAA Championships - good for All-American status.