Ehrhardt Wins First USA Title in Indoor Heptathlon

Ehrhardt sets personal best score of 5,868pts; Juanita Webster-Freeman 4th and Phil Bailey 8th at USATF Indoor Championships

Staten Island, N.Y. (February 23, 2019) – A trio of Santa Barbara Track Club (SBTC) USATF Indoor Championship rookies took to the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex to compete in the Men’s Heptathlon (2-day, 7-events) and Women’s Pentathlon (1-day, 5-events). Tim Ehrhardt led the SBTC with his first USA title and a personal best performance of 5,868ts. Juanita Webster-Freeman also had her highest finish at a USA Championship with a 4th place, 4,255pt personal best. Rounding out the group was Phil Bailey’s 8th place finish with 5,352pts.

Credit:    @runthelens

Credit: @runthelens

Ehrhardt Champion in the Heptathlon
With consistent performances on Day 1, Ehrhardt put himself in a position to make a run at the title. His High Jump was his highest clearance since 2015 and energized him heading into Day 2 where he set a personal best in the 60m Hurdles, soared past the competition in the Pole Vault and ran strong in the 1000m to earn his first title.

  • 60m - 7.02 (875pts, 4th)

  • Long Jump - 7.06m / 23’2” (828pts, 3rd)

  • Shot Put - 13.63 / 44’8.75” (706pts, 3rd)

  • High jump - 2.02m / 6’07.5” (822pts, 4th)

  • 60m Hurdles - 8.54 (851pts, 10th)

  • Pole Vault - 5.30m / 17’4.5” (1004pts, 1st)

  • 1000m - 2:48.48 (782pts, 6th)

Webster-Freeman 4th in Pentathlon
Competing in her first indoor Pentathlon just a few weeks ago at the University of Washington Husky Invite, Webster-Freeman qualified for the USATF Indoor Championships with a score of 3,989pts. Personal bests in the 60m Hurdles and Shot Put highlighted her five event competition.

  • 60m Hurdles - 8.35m (1050pts, 4th)

  • High Jump - 1.75m / 5’8.75” (916pts, 5th)

  • Shot Put - 12.85m / 42’2” (717pts, 5th)

  • Long Jump - 5.78m / 18’11.75” (783pts, 7th)

  • 800m - 2:22.57 (789pts, 5th)

Webster-Freeman also competed in the individual High Jump on Saturday where she cleared 1.78m / 5’8” and finished in 8th place.

Bailey 8th in Heptathlon

  • 60m - 7.21 (809pts, 10th)

  • Long Jump - 7.17m / 23’2” (854pts, 2nd)

  • Shot Put - 11.29m / 44’8.75” (563pts, 10th)

  • High jump - 1.93m / 6’07.5” (740pts, 7th)

  • 60m Hurdles - 8.22 (927pts, 4th)

  • Pole Vault - 4.70m / 15’5” (819pts, 5th)

  • 1000m- 3:02.47 (640pts, 10th)

The USATF Indoor Championships concludes on Sunday. Complete information can be found at usatf.org.

From left to right: Josh Priester, Juanita Webster-Freeman, Phil Bailey, Tim Ehrhardt, Tom FitzSimons and Barbara Nwaba

From left to right: Josh Priester, Juanita Webster-Freeman, Phil Bailey, Tim Ehrhardt, Tom FitzSimons and Barbara Nwaba

About the Santa Barbara Track Club
The Santa Barbara Track Club (SBTC) hosted at Westmont College aims to provide a pathway to the podium for athletes of all ages and abilities. The SBTC is comprised of Olympic and aspiring Olympic Track & Field athletes, a Youth Track Club as well as community members seeking to reach their highest potential through group and private training.

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