Norton Takes Third as USA Sweeps Thorpe Cup Heptathlon
Aug. 11, 2010
MARBURG, Germany - Indiana track and field assistant coach Abbie Norton (Stechschulte) took third in the annual Thorpe Cup combined events challenge, helping the United States to sweep the top three spots and defeat Germany for just the second time since the heptathlon was added to the event five years ago.
Norton recorded a lifetime-best score of 5,755 points, including new personal bests in the 800m (2:15.71) and javelin (37.68m (123-7.5)). Norton also won the 100m hurdles at the event. The former Hoosier took third place, finishing just 24 points away from U.S. teammate Ryann Krais, who finished second.
Indiana track and field associate head coach Jeff Huntoon, who has coached Norton since 2004, said it was a great experience for Norton and should help prepare her for what she hopes is a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team in London.
"The Thorpe Cup is a great opportunity for people who are right on the cusp of Olympic potential and just need that next step," said Huntoon. "You get to represent America, you are it, you are the show. It can be a huge catalyst for an individual, especially if you treat it that way. It gives us a renewed excitement as to how far Abbie can go, which is hopefully to London in 2012."
Norton said it was good to be a part of a team once again, and it helped light a competitive fire for her at the meet.
"It was really cool to have something to compete for again, because I haven't really had that since I've been post-collegiate," said Norton. "When you take off that college jersey, sometimes it can be hard to find something to compete for. So, that gave me that extra boost that I needed. So, it was great competing for my country and being a part of a team again."
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