EUGENE, Ore. — The final day of the U.S. Outdoor National Meet saw a school record for Texas A&M senior Jena Hemann (Breese Central) as she scored 6,022 points to place sixth in the heptathlon. Hemann continued to produce stellar marks on the second day of the heptathlon and managed to add 20 points to her previous best score of 6,002 as runner-up at the Texas Relays in March.
“It’s definitely exciting to score over 6,000 points again and break the school record,” exclaimed Hemann. “I knew yesterday there was a chance to personal best since I was just five points off my first day score at Texas Relays. So I came in today with the mindset to have fun, with no stress or pressure to do that, and it helped.”
Leading off with the long jump Hemann reached a distance of 19-10 ¼ (6.05) with a 2.1 wind for 865 points, which was fourth best among the field of 16. A throw of 158-5 (48.28) in the javelin topped the field by over 5 feet and added 827 points to Hemann’s tally.
Finishing off the multi-event with the 800 meters, Hemann clocked a best of 2:19.87 for 825 points. Bringing her total to 6,022 placed Heman sixth overall, one point behind Lindsay Lettow in fifth place.
“I was one point shy of fifth, but still very excited,” said Hemann, who will be part of the USA multi-event squad that competes against Germany in the Thorpe Cup on Aug. 8-9 in Bernhausen, Germany.
The winner of the seven-event multi with 6,500 points was Barbara Nwaba with Sharon Day-Monroe runner-up at 6,458 while Mississippi State’s Erica Bougard claimed third place with a score of 6,288.
Hemann scored 3,505 points during the first day of competition in the heptathlon at the USATF Championships, which currently places her ninth among a field of 16 entrants.
The high jump was a big event for Hemann as she cleared 5-10 ½ (1.79) for 966 points, which placed her third in that event.
Hemann opened with 939 points from the 100 hurdles when she ran 14.28 seconds.
In the shot put a mark of 42-3 ¼ (12.88) earned Hemann 719 points and she capped the first day of the multi with a 25.06 (1.7 wind) in the 200 meters for 881 points.
Testing at Carlyle Lake has shown that the water meets all state and federal regulations for safe public use.
Analysis by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers June 23 showed good water quality in 10 samples taken at four separate locations, according to Joe Smothers, Natural Resource specialist at Carlyle Lake for the Corps’ St. Louis District.
As some popular recreation areas are impacted by high water, the water quality in Carlyle Lake has become a hot topic on social media.
“We’ve had numerous calls from the public with questions about water quality at the lake, and we want people to know we are monitoring bacteria levels at Carlyle Lake to ensure the safety of our visitors and the overall health of the lake,” said Smothers.
The Corps monitors water quality weekly; this is above the Illinois Department of Public Health state guidelines that call for Carlyle Lake to be tested for E. coli every two weeks. To ensure the water at Carlyle Lake meets all state and federal regulations and is suitable for human and aquatic life, the Corps also does its own testing to protect water quality at the lake.
“If samples indicate unsafe levels of any of the parameters monitored, immediate action is taken to protect our visitors’ health and well-being,” Smothers said.
In addition to E. coli bacteria, the Corps monitors for nitrogen, phosphates, pesticides, suspended solids, dissolved oxygen, pH levels, and more than a half dozen other parameters that impact water quality.
The Clinton County Tourism Committee announces the launch of a new website to promote tourism within Clinton County, informing travelers as well as residents about the area’s wonderful historical sites, Carlyle Lake, dining, shopping, entertainment, events and lodging. “We’re excited about this new promotional tool, and we hope people will enjoy it and use it,” said Sandy Timmermann, owner of Timmermann House Bed & Breakfast in Aviston and a member of the county’s Tourism Committee.
The website (www.visitclintoncounty.com), built by Acorn Internet Services, invites users to browse a list of local events and festivals. It offers links for recreational offerings, such as biking trails, golf courses, parks, hunting and fishing sites and more. Unique businesses and boutiques that will draw
tourists to the area are featured, as well as restaurants and places to stay —from bed & breakfasts to local hotels/motels to campgrounds.
Following is an excerpt from the website:
Clinton County Tourism invites you to vacation in Southwestern Illinois, where superlatives are the norm, located less than an hour from St. Louis, Mo. Clinton County leads the state in dairy farming and pork, wheat and egg production, plus boasts the largest man-made lake in Illinois. Country roads wind past acres of farmland, across the Kaskaskia River and through villages and towns established in the 1800s.
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