DEFIANCE – For the third straight year, Kim Bingley will represent Defiance College at the NCAA DIII Outdoor National Championships.
The Championships are held at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.
Bingley (Ottawa-Glandorf) will be competing in the heptathlon when she heads to OWU. Last year, in the same event, she finished in 16th place with 4,413 points.
This year, Bingley heads into nationals ranked 16th again but with more points standing at 4,471.
The heptathlon consists of seven different events over a two day period. They are the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meter dash, long jump, javelin throw, and the 800-meter run.
Bingley punched her ticket to the Outdoor Championships back at the beginning of April. She competed in the DIII All-Ohio Multi Events at the University of Mount Union. She took second place at that meet with her 4,471 points and qualified for Nationals.
She will be a tough competitor in all seven events when the heptathlon athletes compete this weekend. On Thursday, the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, and 200-meter dash will take place. Then on Friday, the long jump, javelin throw, and 800-meter run will take place.
Throughout the season, Bingley has put up some great marks in all seven events.
In the 800-meter run, she finished with a best time of 2:26.39. In the 200-meter dash, she finished with a best time of 27.49 meters. In the javelin throw, she threw for a distance of 38.27 meters. All of these marks came at the DIII All-Ohio Multi Events.
She had two of her season best marks at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Meet. In the 100-meter hurdles, she finished with her season best time of 15.30. A throw of 10.88 meters marked her best distance in shot put.
In the high jump, Bingley cleared a height of 1.53 meters. She achieved this mark at the Dick Small Tri-Meet.
Her other season best came at the Dr. Keeler Invitational. There she jumped a distance of 5.28 meters, which is her best in the long jump.
Bingley will get things started on Thursday at noon with the 100-meter hurdles. After the completion of an event, there will be a 30 minute break before the next event takes place.