Jena Hemann saved the best for last Thursday at the NCAA Division I Outdoors Track and Field Championships.
A senior at Texas A & M University and former standout at Central High School, Hemann concluded her collegiate career as an All-American with a sixth-place finish in the seven-event heptathlon on Thursday at Heyward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Hemann placed 14th in the heptathlon a year ago.
Entering the day in 10th place following the first four events Wednesday, Hemann moved up five positions after winning the javelin with a throw of 156-feet, 11-inches. Hemann’s career best in the javelin is 160-1.
Hemann’s victory in the javelin moved her into fifth place.
She then concluded the competition by placing 14th in the 800 meters, finishing with a time of 2 minutes, 22.98 seconds.
A 2011 graduate of Central, Hemann finished with 5,913 points, less than 100 shy from her school record of 6,002, accomplished at the Texas Relays earlier this year.
Akela Jones of Kansas State won the title with 6,371 points. Georgia’s Kendell Williams was second with 6,223 and Georgia’s Quintunya Chapman placed third with 6,147.
One of the great athletes in Illinois High School Association history, Hemann won 10 individual state championships in her four years for Central. She is the only female athlete in state history to win four individual state championships in the same year — twice — accomplishing the feat in both 2010 and 2011.