Akinniyi again an All-American

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Redshirt freshman Dorcas Akinniyi just keeps moving up the awards stand at the NCAA championships.

After finishing seventh to earn All-America honors in the pentathlon at the NCAA indoor championships in March, Akinniyi followed up by putting the wraps on a fifth-place heptathlon finish and another All-America citation Thursday at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Akinniyi posted the second-highest score of her young career by tallying 5,506 points to earn her fifth-place showing. Oregon junior Brianne Theisen defended her title by claiming in the top spot with a score of 6,094.

With her performance, Akinniyi becomes just the third Wisconsin athlete to earn All-America honors in the heptathlon, and the first to ever post All-America finishes in both the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon.

She also becomes the first Badger to be an indoor and outdoor All-American in the same season since Katrina Rundhaug accomplished the feat in 2008.

Akinniyi, who entered the second day of competition in third place, held her position until the final event. She slid two spots to fifth despite ending the seven-event competition with a personal-best run of 2:21.45 in the 800 meters.

She also posted a mark of 18 feet, 9 3/4 inches in the long jump and threw 114-6 in the javelin to set up her All-America finish.

The performance wraps up an amazing collegiate season for the second-year athlete, who also swept the Big Ten indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon crowns. She'll next compete at the 2010 USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, in two weeks.