Avery, Lovitz score conference meet points for Pios in decathlon

Avery, Lovitz score conference meet points for Pios in decathlon

NEWBERG, Ore. -- With decathletes in postseason competition for the first time in nearly a decade, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers didn't waste the opportunity to score points for the Northwest Conference Track & Field Championships as both finished in the top eight.

Freshman Noah Avery maintained his third place spot from Monday's first five events to bring in six team points after Tuesday's final day at George Fox's Stoffer Family Stadium. Teammate David Lovitz was eighth overall, scoring one point to give the Pioneers seven team points entering the NWC Championships on Apr. 22-23 at Lewis & Clark's Eldon Fix Track at Griswold Stadium.

"I'm really proud of how these two stepped up. They got the team on the conference scoreboard with seven points," said Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Keith Woodard. "It was an exciting second day of the decathlon. The guys picked up where they left off from the first day. Noah notched four more personal records and David added three more, and they each finished with big, ten-event PR totals."

Avery totaled 6,068 points, the fourth-best total in a Division III decathlon this season, with top four finishes in the 100 meters, shot put, high jump, pole vault, long jump, discus and javelin. According to Lewis & Clark's top 50 performance list, Avery's effort ranks sixth all-time. David Pullin set Lewis & Clark's all-time record in 1980 with 6,959 points.

"Noah got off to a great start, winning the first heat of the 100 with a big personal record of 11.51," said Woodard, who noted Avery and Lovitz are the first Lewis & Clark decathlon competitors since 2003.

Lovitz scored over 3,000 points on day one to sit in sixth place. He finished with 5,406 points, which ranks eighth on the top 50 all-time performance list for the Pios. Lovitz's best performances were fourth in the 100 meters and 1,500 meters and fifth in the long jump.

Alex Canchola of George Fox won the event with 6,495 points.