BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Competing through an injury suffered early on the first day of competition, senior captain John Braga (North Reading, Mass.) competed in the final three events of the heptathlon on Friday afternoon to ultimately post a 12th-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships with 4,861 points in his second consecutive appearance in the heptathlon at the indoor nationals. His placing was bumped up from 13th to 12th after another competitior was stripped of their finish.
Event: 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships
Day 2 Results: Braga (Heptathlon - 12th/14,) (14th - 60m hurdles, 11th - PV, 11th - 1000m)
Location: CrossPlex Complex | Birmingham, Ala.
How It Happened
- Braga would enter the second and final day of the heptathlon sitting in ninth-place after four events on Thursday afternoon: 60m dash, long jump, shot put, and high jump. The senior captain would post three-top-10 finishes in the four events, highlighted by a fifth-place finish in the long jump with a 7.09m jump.
- Still battling through a tweaked leg from the first day of competition, Braga would begin the final three events of the heptathlon on Friday with the 60m hurdles. The North Reading, Massachusetts native would finish 14th in the event at a time of 9.07 with the pole vault and 1000m events remaining.
- 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 second event of the day, Braga would register an 11th-place finish the pole vault. The USTFCCCA East Region Field Athlete of the Year would post a 4.05m vault, falling just short of clearing the 4.15m bar. That finish would have Braga sitting in 13th-place entering the third and final event of the day and Braga's weekend in the 1000m.
- Concluding his weekend of competition on the track, Braga would go up against owners of some of the best times in the nation in the 1000m competing in the heptathlon. The senior captain would run his way to an 11th-place finish in the final event, posting a time 2:58.70 to earn 677 points towards his overall score. The 677 points would not be enough to bump him out of 13th-place, though, as he fell just 83 and 113 points behind of the two competitors ahead of him.
Inside The Results
Thursday – Day 1
60m – 7.32s / 12th
LJ – 6.73m / 5th
SP –11.68m / 9th
HJ – 1.90m / 8th
Friday – Day 2
60m Hurdles – 9.07s / 14th
PV – 4.05m / 11th
1000m – 2:58.70s / 11th
Braga will now face the quick turnaround to the outdoor season, which gets started next weekend with the 49er Classic at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.