Ellesmere Port heptathlete Olivia Montez-Brown shines in America

Former West Cheshire AC star breaks university record at earns All-American honours

Olivia Montez Brown in action for Augustana College

Former West Cheshire Athletic Club starlet Olivia Montez-Brown rounded off her college season in America by setting a new university record.

At the NCAA National Finals in Bradenton, Florida, Montez-Brown, who attends Augustana University, produced a new heptathlon personal best and a university record of 5,254 points.

The former Ellesmere Port Catholic High School pupil registered 14.37 in the 100m hurdles, 1.61m in the high jump, 10.45m in the shot put, a personal best of 25.56 in the 200m, 6.08m in the long jump, 32.53m (personal best) in the javelin and 2:22.77 in the 800m, another personal best.

Her successes at the competition saw her earn first-team All-America honours, recognising her as one of the finest college heptathletes at NCAA Division Two level in America.

The West Cheshire all-rounder then achieved 5.96m and 6.08m in the long jump to break the university record she already held.

Olivia Montez-Brown set a new record at Augustana University in America

Montez-Brown was awarded a coveted scholarship at Augustana last year and has been in impressive form for the NCAA Division Two school, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, since arriving last year.

A hugely talented all-rounder, Montez-Brown, whose father David hails from America, represented England at the World Schools Championships in 2013 and was ranked third in the UK for the under 20s 80m hurdles heading into her freshman year at Augustana.

The talented 20-year-old from Great Sutton won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) pentathlon title back in February, just five weeks on from arriving in Sioux Falls.

Montez-Brown, ranked 15th in America in the heptathlon, also celebrated being named the NSIC Newcomer of the Year and Indoor Newcomer of the Year following a stellar debut campaign.

The former West Cheshire AC star was last year named Ellesmere Port Sporting Champion at the 2015 Trinity Mirror Your Champions Awards.

2015 Ellesmere Port Sporting Champion Olivia Montez-Brown with Leanne Palin of Trinity Mirror. Picture: Neil Lloyd

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