ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Overcoming a slow start with a finishing flurry, Florida State redshirt junior Grete Sadeiko recorded the No. 2 pentathlon mark of her career, finishing with 4,003 points for third place at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic.
Sadeiko was at her personal best in the fourth and fifth events of the competition, climbing from fifth to third place after the long jump and holding on to that position after the 800. Her 4,003-point total currently ranks 13th in Division and third among ACC athletes and is the best season-opening pentathlon total of her career.
She was the top collegiate finisher in the field of 10 competitors, which was evenly split between collegians and post-collegians competing at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Scratched from last week’s Razorback Invitational pentathlon due to illness, Sadeiko posted just the second 4,000-point pentathlon performance in FSU history. She now holds the top four pentathlon scores among Seminoles all time, topped by her career-best 4,105-point performance at last year’s ACC Indoor Championships.
The native Estonian opened Friday’s competition by running 8.74 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles and followed by clearing 1.68 meters (5-6) in the high jump. She slipped to fifth place following a shot put mark of 11.82 meters (38-9.50) before mounting her big finish.
Sadeiko’s rebound began with a career-best pentathlon long jump of 5.95 meters (19-6.25) – second-best in the field – which accounted for 834 points and vaulted her into third place. She held on to that position by running 2:27.48 in the closing 800-meter race; just one-hundredth off her collegiate career-best pentathlon mark.
A two-time NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifier in the heptathlon – she earned second-team All-American honors by placing 15th last June – Sadeiko is bidding for her first NCAA Indoor Championships appearance in the pentathlon. Only the top 16 marks in the country qualify.
A year ago she finished one spot shy of an NCAA Indoor berth following her runner-up ACC Indoor Championships performance. Sadeiko will try and improve on that finish and secure a trip to nationals when the Seminoles travel to the Boston’s Reggie Lewis Center for the conference championship meet, Feb. 25-27.