Pirates Pick up Three All-Americans on Friday

Photo by Naji Saker
Photo by Naji Saker

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Three Whitworth University student-athletes finished among the top eight placers and earned All-America honors on Friday at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Andrew Bloom finished third in the men's javelin throw, Nick McGill finished fifth in the decathlon and Isabel Clark took sixth in the heptathlon.

Bloom hurled the javelin 216'-9" to place third in the javelin for the second year in a row.  Bloom, the 2016 NCAA Division III champion, had his best throw on his first attempt.  Seth Nonnemacher of George Fox won the event with a throw of 241'-11".

McGill scored 6,654 points to finish fifth in the decathlon, the same position in which he began the day.  He closed well with a throw of 183'-4" in the javelin and a time of 4:45.21 in the 1,500 meters.  Tobias Muellers of Williams College won the decathlon with a score of 6,969.

Clark finished sixth in the heptathlon with 4,598 points. She began the day in eighth place and dropped to 11th after the long jump.  But she rebounded with a strong javelin throw (121'-9") and 800 meter run (2:25.26).  Sarah Cool finished 10th with a score of 4,397.  She ran the 800 in 2:21.93.  Rochester's Kylee Bartlett won with a score of 4,716.

Whitworth will conclude the 2018 NCAA Championships on Saturday.  Kayla Leland and Marissa Mount will compete in the finals of the 3,000 meter steeplechase in the morning, then Leland will run in the 5,000 meters near the end of the day.  Kayla Brase will begin the day by triple jumping at 9:00 am PDT.