BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Highlighted by a fifth-place finish in the long jump event, senior captain John Braga (North Reading, Mass.) finished strong in the first day of competition at the 2017 NCAA Indoor National Championships and currently sits in ninth-place in the heptathlon with 2,823 points, just one spot out of All-American contention, with three events remaining tomorrow afternoon at the CrossPlex Complex in Birmingham, Alabama.
Event: 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships
Day 1 Results: Braga (Heptathlon Day 1 - 9th/14, 3 events remaining) (5th - LJ, 8th - HJ, 9th - SP, 12th - 60m)
Location: CrossPlex Complex | Birmingham, Ala.
How It Happened
- Looking to defend his All-American status from last season, Braga began his first day of competition in the heptahlon with the 60m dash. The senior captain would finish 12th in the event, posting a time of 7.32 ahead of some of his favored field events. Braga would appear to pull up short on the finish of the 60m, slightly tweaking his leg in the first event of the weekend.
- Braga would continue to battle through and would follow the 60m dash with his best performance of the day, reigstering a fifth-place finish in the long jump by posting a 6.73m jump on his final attempt to gain some points back in the overall standings.
- In the third event of the day, Braga would step up to post a 11.68m throw in the shot put to again finish inside the top-10. The throw would earn him a ninth-place finish in the penultimate event of the day before finishing up day one of competition with the high jump.
- Closing out the day with the high jump, Braga would leap 1.90m in the air to post a third straight top-nine finish to close out the opening four events. The jump earned him an eighth-place finish to bump him into ninth with three events remaining on Friday afternoon. Braga will need to climb up at least one spot in the overall standings to again earn All-American honors.
Braga finishes up action in the heptathlon in Alabama tomorrow afternoon beginning at 12:20 p.m. with the 60m hurdles. He'll then compete in the pole vault at 1:00 p.m., and then concludes his weekend in the 1000m at 3:05 p.m.