Quinlan opens John Gartland Invitational with pentathlon win

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. Eva Grace Quinlan started the John Gartland The invitation opened on a high note as Sycamore set a new personal record by taking the pentathlon victory at the ISU Indoor Track & Field Facility.

Quinlan set a new personal best on her way to victory in the high jump, finishing in the top three in three different disciplines to set a new personal mark of 3,340 points to fend off her teammate Chamomile Gaskin-Griffith (3,229) for the win. Quinlan’s mark was the ninth-best all-time score on Indiana State’s achievement list.

Gaskin-Griffth was second overall in the field, with the junior highlighting her day by winning the 60m hurdles. The score of 3,229 from Bridgetown, Barbados was also a new personal record, narrowly missing a top 10 mark in program history.

Chloe Rolen finished fifth overall with 2,849 total points and added a new personal best in the long jump (5.07m) to beat her day. She also finished the final race of the day leading the Sycamores, crossing the finish line in the 800m in 2:36.60.

“We put in a great effort from all three athletes tonight,” said the head coach Angelica Martin said. “Each of them had some good grades at events and came up with a few things to work on further. It’s nice to finish the multinationals so early in the season so we can then prepare for the conference.”

Gaskin-Griffin had the early lead through the first event after winning the 60m hurdles in 9.06 to take the lead with 897 points. Quinlan finished fourth in the first event on her time of 9.34 (840), while Rolen finished sixth with a 10.55 (613).

Quinlan took the lead after the second event as the junior set a new personal best in the high jump event. She cleared 1.73m to achieve the 8th-best mark in the ISU indoor standings all-time in a four-way tie, scoring 891 points. Post-competition Gaskin-Griffith dropped to fourth after her jump of 1.49m (610), while Rolen stayed sixth in the field with 1.43m (544).

Quinlan continued to hold the overall lead in the shot put as the Dillsboro, Indiana native finished second overall with a distance of 9.87 m (521). Gaskin-Griffith moved up to third overall after her 9.86m (520), while Rolen hit the fourth-best throw of the event with 9.58m (502) to remain sixth overall in the field.

Gaskin-Griffith and Rolen both made new personal marks in the long jump to mark the fourth event of the evening. Gaskin-Griffith reached 5.48m to win the individual and added 694 points to her total, while Rolen finished third overall after her jump of 5.07m (578). Quinlan retained the overall lead in the fourth competition after her 4.98m jump (554).

Rolen finished the pentathlon at the head of the Sycamores in the 800m as the runner-up finished in 2:36.60 (612) and finished second overall in the final event of the day. Quinlan crossed the line third overall in 2:43.40 (534), while Gaskin-Griffith finished in 2:45.78 (508) to round out the event.

Events run all day at the ISU Indoor Track & Field facility as the Sycamores host day two of the John Gartland Invitation.

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