by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
BOSTON, Mass. – Strong performances in the shot put and high jump pushed Nick McGill into seventh place in the heptathlon after the first day of the Division III Indoor National Championships.
If McGill remains in seventh place, he will earn indoor All-America honors, which are earned by the top-eight finishers at the national championships. The junior earned outdoor All-America honors in the decathlon last season.
McGill opened the day by placing 15th and 18th in the 60-meter dash and long jump before making his way up the standings thanks to top-five results in the shot put and high jump. He placed third in the shot put with a 41-foot 5 ¾-inch toss and fifth in the high jump with a 6-foot 2¼-inch leap.
Tomorrow, McGill will look to make a run towards the top of the group of heptathletes when he competes in the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault, and 1,000-meter run. He is just 66 points shy of third place.
McGill opens Saturday's competition at 7 a.m. when he will run the 60-meter hurdles. Fans can follow his results here.