March 26, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas – Florida State redshirt freshman Grete Sadeiko began her season debut in the heptathlon Wednesday at the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, hoping to finish what she started a year ago at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
With four events in the books, the Estonian native is in ninth place with 3,186 points, while competing against an elite field of 24 multi-event athletes in the two-day competition.
Sadeiko opened and closed the day with outstanding performances. Her wind-aided time of 14.17 in the 100-meter hurdles – the fastest she has ever recorded – was worth 954 points in the first of seven events contested. She put a wrap on Wednesday with an equally impressive time of 25.17 in the 200-meter dash, which was also wind-aided, but was eighth-fastest in the field.
By pocketing 817 points in the final event, Sadeiko climbed from 11th to 9th overall in the standings.
Between the two running events, Sadeiko checked in with a high jump mark of 1.63 meters (5-4.25), which netted 771 points. A shot put mark of 10.92 meters (35-10) was good for only 590 points.
Sadeiko will head into Thursday’s final three events – the long jump, javelin and 800 meters – looking to make a run at an NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifying mark, which will require a top 24 mark nationally. In 2013, the 24th-place spot on the heptathlon national scoring list was 5,397 points.
A year ago, as a true freshman, Sadeiko made her collegiate debut in the heptathlon at the Texas Relays. She closed out the first day with 3,183 points and had logged 4,582 through six events before a sore foot forced her to withdraw from competition before the 800. Her season was ultimately cut short a few weeks later by a severe knee injury, which led to a medical redshirt.