Track and field: Columbus’ Heather Miller-Koch shines on Day 1 of heptathlon at Olympic Trials

July 10, 2016 GMT

Heather Miller-Koch didn’t finish among the top three in any of the four heptathlon events contested on Saturday at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon.

But the former Columbus athlete’s consistency across all four disciplines has her in third place overall after the first day — and on pace to shatter her personal record — and that’ll be good enough to send her to Rio de Janeiro if she can hold on through today’s final three events.

Miller-Koch amassed 3,822 points through the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 meters, slipping just ahead of 2012 Olympian Sharon Day-Monroe for third place. Defending national champion Barbara Nwaba leads with 3,903 points, while Kendell Williams is second at 3,892.?

Miller-Koch, who won state titles in long jump, triple jump and the 1,600 relay in a Columbus career that ended in 2005, accumulated 3,492 first-day points at last year’s national championships. She finished that meet in fourth place with a career-best 6,274.

At Hayward Field on Saturday, Miller-Koch posted career PRs in the hurdles (13.39 seconds), high jump (5-11¼) and shot put (46-4¼). She was fourth among heptathlon competitors in each of those events and fifth in the 200, where she ran a 24.20.

The event concludes today with the long jump, javelin and 800. Miller-Koch has the top career best among athletes in the field in the long jump and third-best mark in the 800.