April 27, 2006
Southern Miss' Ashley Reyer won two of the seven events in the heptathlon at the Drake Relays, finishing third out of 17 competitors with 5,340 points. Danielle McNaney, an unattached performer, finished first with 5,422 points and Iowa State's Erica Lynn finishing second with 5,386 points.
"It feels good to overcome the emotional and mental obstacles that have plagued me in the past," Reyer said. "It is an awesome honor to be ranked among the top heptathletes in the nation. It is a tremendous blessing to compete in college track and field and display my God-given talent. I would have never been where I am today in track and in my life without my coach."
Reyer recorded a season-best total and made up substantial ground for the third-place finish. She bested her last performance by 101 points, posting a better provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA National Meet.
"Coming into today, she was close to her pace at the Texas Relays," Assistant Track and Field Coach Kevin Stephen said. "She didn't get off to the best start today. She didn't have a good jump in the long jump and could have easily folded, but she held herself together and showed toughness. She had a good javelin throw and finished with a huge personal record in 800."
Reyer record wins in the 200 meters with a time of 25.45 and 800 meters with a time of 2:13.80. She finished fourth in the high jump with a jump of 5'4.25", sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.48, sixth in the long jump with a jump of 18''2.25", fourth in the javelin with a throw of 121'8" and eighth in the shot with a throw of 35'2.50".