Friday, April 13, 2018

Former WSU assistant coach Angela Whyte finishes fifth in Commonwealth Games heptathlon...

CARRARA, Australia--Former Washington State University assistant coach Angela Whyte (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished fifth in the heptathlon at the XXI Commonwealth Games in Carrara, Australia Friday night, scoring 5898 points.

Whyte began her two day, seven event journey Thursday, as she ran 13.35 in her best event, the 100 meter hurdles to start the meet in second overall, then high jumped 5-7.75 (1.72m).

The University of Idaho alum and current Edmonton resident finished day 1 with a throw of 37-8 (11.48m) in the shot put, and a time of 25.36 in the 200, to put her in seventh at the end of day 1.

Friday, the 37-year old Whyte, who has been a mainstay on numerous Olympic, world championships, and Commonwealth Games teams for Canada, and has a personal best in the heptathlon of 6080 dating back to 2007, long jumped 19-11 (6.07m), then threw the javelin 146-3 (44.58m), and finished with a clocking of 2:18.79 in the 800 meters.

When asked afterwards whether or not it gets any easier, she told Athletics Canada, “Definitely not at this level on this stage. I’m so happy that I have been able to represent Canada at multiple Commonwealth Games, first in the hurdles and now in the heptathlon. I’m been so blessed to represent Canada and to share this experience with these two girls (silver medalist Nina Schultz and Niki Oudenaarden).”

England’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the event with a two day score of 6255 points.

NOTE:  Athletics Canada contributed to this report.

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