Schnoor 16th after Day 1 in NCAA heptathlon
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Women's Track & Field - Thu, May 25, 2017

GENEVA, Ohio – Cornell's Libby Schnoor (JR/Camanche, Iowa) got off to a solid start in the women's heptathlon during Thursday's rain-filled opening to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at SPIRE Institute.

Schnoor established one personal-best mark, equaled a school record in another and gave herself a chance at a top-eight all-America finish going into Friday's final day of competition.

Schnoor stands 16th through four events with a Day 1 score of 2,593 points. The junior indoor all-American is ahead of her school-record pace.

Schnoor has three of her stronger events still to come with the long jump, javelin and 800 contested Friday, starting at 10:30 a.m. She was the Midwest Conference outdoor champion in both the long jump and javelin.

Top-seeded Kylee Bartlett of Rochester is the Day 1 leader with 3,102 points. SUNY Geneseo's Shayne Held is a distant second at 2,829.

Running in the rain Thursday morning, Schnoor clocked a lifetime-best 16.75 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles. She lowered her top time by nearly 0.3 seconds, despite taking 22nd in the field.

Schnoor matched her school record in the high jump, clearing 5-3.25 for 747 points and fourth place in the event. She also fared well in the shot put, finishing in a tie for fifth with a mark of 34-4.25.

Schnoor concluded her day with the 200, running 27.62 for 21st overall.   

On a disappointing note, Cornell's eight-time track all-American Abrah Masterson (SR/Granby, Colo.) withdrew from the NCAAs due to an untimely foot injury. She was scheduled to compete in Thursday's 10,000-meter run (seeded fifth) and Saturday's 5,000 (seeded 13th).

Masterson is expected to return to the team in 2018 to complete her remaining track eligibility. 

Joining Schnoor on Friday, Cornell senior Charles Zilaitis gets his Championships underway in the men's shot put at 10:30 a.m. The Central Region Field Athlete of the Year is seeded 13th in the event. The top nine marks in the prelims advance to the finals.