PUEBLO, COLO. — Tiffin University’s Lynzi Daughenbaugh is at it again on the Division II NCAA track and field stage as she is competing in the heptathlon in the outdoor national championships at Colorado State.
Daughenbaugh is a 2010 Upper Sandusky High School graduate. Earlier this year at the indoor national championships, the sophomore placed eighth in the pentathlon to garner All-American honors.
Thursday was Day 1 of competition and she placed fifth both the 100 hurdles (14.18) and high jump (5-5.25), 10th in the 200 dash (25.85) and was 15th in the shot put with a throw of 29-10.25.
Being in the Rocky Mountains, she, like many athletes, had to adjust to the thinner air.
“We got here Sunday, so we had Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to get used to (the thinner air),” Daughenbaugh said. “The next morning it felt like I ran a mile when I woke up.”
After competing in the pentathlon in March, she said the heptathlon is easier as a whole.
“It’s much easier than indoor because you had all five events on the same day,” Daughenbaugh said. “In outdoor, they are more spaced out. Having the long jump and javelin first doesn’t take too much out of you before you have to do the 800 in the afternoon.”
The final three events she is competing in today, beginning at 11 a.m. mountain time, are the long jump, javelin and 800 run, respectively.
This has been the first season Daughenbaugh has thrown the javelin.
“It’s difficult because it is so technical,” she said. “It’s definitely not as easy as it looks as you have to put a lot of different things together to make it go far and have the front end land first. There are a lot of little things that you have to do.
“I have to do well there because that could make or break me,” she added.
After traveling to Minnesota State University for indoor nationals and placing so well, Daughenbaugh feels there are higher expectations for her now.
“I think it does put more pressure on me because I did well and it’s expected of me now,” she said. “I don’t want to put any pressure on myself because I did so well … because it makes it easier. I just want to have fun with it.”
100 hurdles: 5. Daughenbaugh, 14.18.
High jump: 5. Daughenbaugh, 5-5.25.
Shot put: 15. Daughenbaugh, 29-10.25.
200 dash: 10. Daughenbaugh, 25.85.
By PATRICK MASSARA