Hilt Sets New School Record in Pentathlon

Pictured: Emily Hilt. (photo credit: Capital Athletics)
Pictured: Emily Hilt. (photo credit: Capital Athletics)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

ADA, Ohio – On day one of the Polar Bear Final Qualifier, hosted by Ohio Northern University, Emily Hilt competed in and set a new school record in the women's pentathlon and placed second overall in a competition that welcomed 14 participants.

Emily Hilt (Delaware, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) netted a final score of 2,908 points through five events held on Friday afternoon. Her score now places her first in program history after her record-breaking performance. The previous record was held by Taylor Atkins (2,901) set in 2016. Hilt's previous best was 2,801 points, which she recorded earlier this year at the All-Ohio Championships.

The sophomore placed second overall in the competition only behind Alison Rich (3,085) of Hope College.

Hilt's best single-event performance came in the high jump, in which she shared first place and matched her personal record of 1.55 meters (5-01), granting her 678 points. Her highest point total came in the 60-meter hurdles. Albeit a fourth-place finish, her 9.95-second time set a new PR and netted 721 points toward her total.

Hilt placed in the top-5 in all five events, and also set new personal highs in the 800 meters (2:42.57) and shot put (8.84m).