Lindsay Lettow earns her first international medal for Team USA with two event score personal bests as well as a Heptathlon best of 6,098pts; Lindsay Schwartz adds fifth international medal for Team USA to her mantle; U.S. roster sets team record with 18,320pts
Fayetteville, Ark. – ABEO / Santa Barbara Track Club‘s (SBTC) Lindsay Lettow and Lindsay Schwartz came into the 11th Thorpe Cup Heptathlon competition between USA and Germany as the final qualifiers for the seven woman Team USA roster. Taking full advantage of the opportunity Lettow and Schwartz would earn silver and bronze medals with 6,098pts and 5,962pts respectively during the two-day, seven-event competition held at the University of Arkansas on July 29 and 30. Collectively Team USA would also break the Thorpe Cup record, amassing 18,320pts, which would best its 2013 score of 18,117pts.
While Lettow would earn her first international medal for Team USA, she was no stranger to the competition entering her fourth Thorpe Cup. She would set the tone in the first event with a personal best 13.47 in the 100m Hurdles (1055pt), her first time under 13.50. In her third event Lettow would score her second best with a Shot Put traveling 12.74 / 41’09.75 (745pts). After a strong 24.57 in the 200m she would net a personal best Day 1 score of 3583pts. Schwartz competing well across the board in all four events on Day 1 would settle in right behind her teammate in third place with 3571pts.
On Day 2, Lettow and Schwartz would not let up on the competition maintaining their positions after each event. To cap off the Thorpe Cup, Schwartz would lead a SBTC 1-2 finish in the final event, the 800m, as they crossed the tape in 2:14.18 and 2:14.43 respectively. This would mark the first time two SBTC athletes medaled in international competition at the same event.
Next up for the SBTC will be a trip to the Rio Olympic Games, where Barbara Nwaba will begin her Heptathlon competition on Friday, August 12 as the reigning national champion for Team USA.