SOMERSET, N.J. – Sacred Heart track and field junior Jillian Kilmer picked up her first career NEC Field Athlete of the Week honor, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday afternoon. Kilmer becomes the first Pioneer to win an NEC Field Athlete of the Week honor since Kolbi Smith won the award in consecutive weeks back in the 2014-15 season.
�� Official Women's Field Athlete of the Week ��— NEC Track & Field (@nectrack) April 17, 2019
�� Jillian Kilmer, @SHUBigRed
�� Kilmer posted the NEC's leading Heptathlon score at last week's Mount Multis. En-route to 4700 points, she set a personal best in the high jump and moved into 2nd among the league's event leaders. pic.twitter.com/VU2kjzMGdZ
Kilmer wins the honor following her second place showing in the Mount Multis heptathlon, held at Mount St. Mary's University last week. Kilmer was the top collegiate competitor in the competition as she scored an NEC-leading and personal-best total of 4700 points. The junior topped her previous personal-best score by a massive 293 points to move into fourth place on the all-time SHU list for the event.
Kilmer won the high jump during the competition with a personal-best of 1.63m that moved her into a second-place tie on the NEC list this season and also recorded personal-bests in the 100m hurdles, javelin throw and 800m. In addition to leading the NEC in the heptathlon and ranking second in the high jump, Kilmer also ranks fifth in the 100m hurdles, 10th in the javelin, 12th in the long jump and 15th in the shot put. More importantly, her heptathlon score ranks sixth in the ECAC and 24th in the entire NCAA East region.
Kilmer and the Pioneers are back in action this weekend with competition on Friday at the Larry Ellis Invitational (held at Princeton Univ.) and on Saturday with the Mark Young Yale Invitational.