by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – Annie Wright of George Fox set a new Northwest Conference record in the heptathlon and won the NWC Combined Events Championship in the event with 4959 points.
Wright entered the weekend as the national leader in the heptathlon, followed by Isabel Clark, who finished second to Wright thanks to a strong effort on Tuesday afternoon. Whitworth placed three athletes in the top-five of the heptathlon.
Clark's best performance of the day was in the javelin. The junior earned 657 points in the event by tossing 129' 6." The toss pushed Clark past George Fox's Dakota Butler and into second place. She then used a 2:25.98 mark in the 800 meters to secure her runner-up finish.
Kayla Brase also worked her way up the standings on day two. After sitting in seventh at the end of the first day of competition, Brase used a 5.26 meter long jump to soar into fifth place and then tossed 112' 11" in the javelin to slip into fourth. Brase's 800-meter run time of 2:34.00 secured a fourth place result.
Sarah Cool placed fifth thanks almost entirely to an excellent time in the 800-meter run. Before the 800 meters, Cool was 145 points behind George Fox's Alexa Swiley, who was in fifth place at the time. Her 2:23.10 mark shaved 5 seconds off her career-best in the event and gave the Bucs another top-five performer.
The final Heptathlon standings are: 1) Annie Wright (George Fox) – 4959, 2) Isabel Clark (Whitworth) – 4704, 3) Dakota Butler (George Fox) – 4487, 4) Kayla Brase (Whitworth) – 4328, 5) Sarah Cool (Whitworth) – 4303, 6) Alexa Swilley (George Fox) – 4294, 7) Sarah Martinez (Whitworth) – 4109, 8) Maddie Shirley (Linfield) – 4101, 9) Mehana Sabado-Halpern (Linfield) – 4043, 10) Taylor Morgan (Lewis & Clark) – 3897, 11) Desirae DesRosiers (Linfield) – 3686, 12) Jenna Hoiland (Pacific) –3671, 13) Grace Crookham-Guy (Willamette) - 3494, 14) Melissa Scott (Willamette) – 3486, 15) Taya DeFrance (Whitworth) - 3433
On the men's side, Nick McGill used the best javelin toss of the day and the second-best time in the 1,500-meter run to surge from fifth to second place in the decathlon. McGill's 181' 2" toss in the javelin earned him 666 points and moved him into third place, and his 4:51.84 time in the 1,500 meters pushed him in to second. The 1,500 meter time is a career-best.
Alex Canchola of George Fox won the Decathlon with McGill finishing second and Matt Wells of Lewis & Clark placing third.
The final Decathlon standings are: 1) Alex Canchola (George Fox) - 6510, 2) Nick McGill (Whitworth) – 6284, 3) Matt Wells (Puget Sound) – 6263) 4) Jon Proctor (George Fox) - 5977, 5) Keaton Beckman (Willamette) – 5974, 6) Keaton Wood (Linfield) - 5758, 7) Brian Peck (Willamette) - 5721, 8) Berkley Hill (George Fox) - 5368, 9) Joe Tingstad (Whitworth) – 5345, DNF) Noah Avery (Lewis & Clark), DNF) Chris Butcher (Pacific)
Looking Ahead: The full Pirate track and field team returns to the Pine Bowl on Thursday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m. to compete in the Whitworth Twilight meet. More information is available here.