UW Health Sports Medicine 

Akinniyi off to strong start

Sophomore Dorcas Akinniyi stands eighth in the women's heptathlon at the NCAA indoor championships with two events of the five-event competition in the books.

Akinniyi, fresh off winning the Big Ten championship in the event two weeks ago, opened with a personal-best time of 8.86 in the 60-meter hurdles and followed with a clearance at 5 feet, 8 1/2 inches in the high jump. That mark was just a quarter-inch off her lifetime best.

That adds to a two-event total of 1,842 points. Texas Tech junior Kelsey Lloyd leads the competition after two events with a score of 1,941 points.

The pentathlon field heads to the shot put next, followed by the long jump and the 800 meters.