Patricia Molina represented the Waldorf University women’s track and field team by claiming a fourth-place finish in the pentathlon during Sunday’s North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Indoor Multi Championships.
The pentathlon consists of the 60-meter high hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800. Molina tallied 2,161 points in the pentathlon to contribute four points for the Warriors in the team standings for the NSAA Indoor Championships. The sophomore from Candelaria, Spain provided strong performances despite battling sickness.
“I’m pretty impressed,” Waldorf coach Nathan Christianson said. “She’s been sick during the past couple of weeks, so it was nice for her to go out and get some points for us. There was some good competition out there, so I was really proud of the way she performed.”
Molina kicked off the pentathlon by turning in a time of 11.74 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles for 421 points.
“The hurdles is something we’ve been really working on with her,” Christianson said. “She’s continued to put the work in during practice and she’s been getting better.”
Molina captured third in the high jump after clearing a height of 1.35 meters (4 feet, 5 inches) to earn 460 points.
“She’s a little bit better in the jumping events and that’s a pretty good performance for her,” Christianson said.
Molina locked up fourth in the shot put, posting a distance of 7.46 meters (24 feet, 5.75 inches) to record 365 points.
“Shot put is one of her weaker events, so getting fourth is pretty good for her,” Christianson said.
Molina leaped to a distance of 4.50 meters (14 feet, 9.25 inches) in the long jump for 428 points.
“That’s not quite what she’s done before, but you’re not always going to break a personal record from competition to competition,” Christianson said. “Overall, that’s a good mark for her.”
Rounding out the pentathlon, Molina raced to third in the 800 by clocking a time of 2 minutes, 47.78 seconds for 487 points.
“That’s a season best for her, so that’s a pretty good performance,” Christianson said. “Getting that time while being sick is pretty impressive.”
Molina put some focus on specializing in the 800-portion of the pentathlon and consistently producing a sound score in the event.
“We’ve spent some time working on the distance this year,” Christianson said. “She did some cross country in the fall and it’s carrying over into the multis.”
The University of Jamestown’s Kaiann Arellano took first in the pentathlon with a 3,376-point total. Arellano captured first in the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump and 800.
After putting up points in the pentathlon, Molina joins the rest of her teammates in the NSAA Indoor Championships, scheduled for this Saturday in Brookings, S.D.
“It’s a good start,” Christianson said. “It’s definitely exciting to get some points on the board. What we’ve been saying all year is to go out, compete as hard as we can and get as many points as possible.”