by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
McMINNVILLE, Ore – Nick McGill raced to a career-best time in the 1,500-meter run to complete a comeback victory in the decathlon at the Northwest Conference Combined Events Championships.
McGill trailed Taylor Phillips of George Fox before the event, but outpaced his previous best in the 1,500 meters by nearly two seconds with a 4:43.32 time in the event. The mark gave him 6,524 points overall, more than 100 more than Phillips.
Prior to the 1,500 meters, McGill began his comeback by outleaping and outthrowing Phillips in the pole vault and javelin. The junior vaulted 13-feet 1 ½-inches and tossed 176-feet 7-inches to kickstart his run to the event title.
McGill's performance was not the only highlight for the Bucs. On the men's side, Travis Herrera placed eighth and totaled a career-best 5,398 points in his first time at the combined events championship. The sophomore's best finish came in the 400-meter dash, where his 52.34 time placed second. Herrera also set a new career-best in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.61.
Joe Tingstad came in just behind Herrera in ninth place. The sophomore set a new personal record in the discus with a 100-foot 2-inch toss that placed fifth.
On the women's side, Izzy Clark was the NWC's runner-up in the heptathlon for the second straight year, once again coming in behind George Fox's Annie Wright. Wright was the national runner-up in the event last year and currently holds the best heptathlon performance in the nation. Clark's school record of 4,822 points ranks third in the country.
Clark's best performance of the day came in the 100-meter hurdles, where she racked up 862 points by crossing the finish line in 14.85 seconds. The senior also placed second in the 200-meter dash, which she ran in 26.62 seconds.
The final results from the combined events championships will be scored like other individual events and points earned will count towards Whitworth's total at the Northwest Conference Championships on April 26 and 27.
The Pirates are back in action this weekend when they host their final meet of the year, the Whitworth Twilight, on Thursday, April 18 at 2 p.m.