After talking earlier in the week, multis coach Josh Langley said the team went into Friday’s meet expecting Rahn to score at or around 4,100 points, exceeding the women’s school pentathlon record by a significant amount. She did just that.
The pentathlon is an accumulation of five events. It starts with the 60-meter hurdles followed by the high jump, shot put, long jump and 800-meter dash. Rahn demolished former Tar Heel Ariel Roberts’ 2011 record by 213 points, with a score of 4,129. She now holds the fourth top pentathlon score nationwide for the season.
“I haven’t heard her say anything about the school record, ever,” said teammate and fourth-place finisher, Lauren Lazor. “Xenia always wants to beat herself, and good stuff happens when you consistently outperform yourself.”
Rahn ran a personal best, and team best, of 8.49 in the 60-meter hurdles. After placing second in the high jump, Rahn remained in first place overall with 1,874 points and later won the long jump with a 6-meter performance.
“I was really happy with my long jump,” Rahn said. “And for high jump, there are still some things to work on, but it’s going in the right direction.”
Rahn said doing well at the beginning of the meet made a big difference. Langley said after the first two events, Rahn already had a higher score than predicted, even with the long jump and shot put, two of her strengths, remaining.
Heading into the 800-meter dash, the last event of the competition, Rahn had earned 3,378 points. She needed to run 2:43 in order to break the school record.
Crossing the finish line with a time of 2:25.44, Rahn surpassed the record and likely secured a NCAA Championship qualification as well — passing the 4,100 mark that would have qualified her for NCAAs in 2014.