Clark, McGill Score at NCAA T&F Championships

(Photo courtesy of John Froschauer/PLU Athletics)
(Photo courtesy of John Froschauer/PLU Athletics)

GENEVA, Ohio – Whitworth University's Izzy Clark and Nick McGill finished fifth and sixth in their respective events on Friday afternoon during day two at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Clark finished fifth in the heptathlon with a score of 4,815 points, only seven points off of her career-best total.  After she went 15'-8" in the long jump, Clark fell from third place to eighth place in the standings.  She rebounded with a throw of 124'-5" in the javelin to move back up to fifth in the standings.  She held onto fifth place by finishing the 800-meter run in 2:25.29.  Annie Wright of George Fox won the heptathlon with a score of 5,101.

The Pirate women have scored 12 points, thanks to Clark's finish and Kayla Rambo's second place in the discus on Thursday.

McGill came into the day in 11th place in the decathlon, fell down to 13th midway through Friday's competition, but used a strong finish to rally into sixth place with 6,727 points.  He went 16.02 in the 110-meter hurdles to open the day, but then stumbled slightly in the discus with a throw of 97'-10".  He cleared 13'-9.5" in the pole vault and then posted the decathlon's best mark in the javelin (188'-11").  He finished with a time of 4:47.31 in the 1500-meter run.  He moved up six spots in the standings in the final two events to claim his All-America finish.  Will Daniels of Central College, the first-day leader, held on to win the decathlon with a score of 7,427 points.

McGill has single-handedly scored eight points for Whitworth's men following his fourth place finish in the javelin on Thursday evening.

Clark and McGill are both repeat All-Americans in the NCAA Division III multi-event competitions.

Marissa Mount will conclude the Pirates' participation at the meet on Saturday morning when she races in the finals of the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase.  She enters that final with the third-fastest qualifying mark.