Avery leads way as three Pioneers qualify for NWC Championships

Avery leads way as three Pioneers qualify for NWC Championships


FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- Lewis & Clark sophomore Noah Avery moved up four spots to finish in fourth place as the Pioneers competed in the Pacific Multi's final day on Tuesday. All three of Lewis & Clark's competitors qualified for the Northwest Conference Championships in April.

Totaling 5,810 points, Avery used a third-place finish in the discus and a runner-up performance in the javelin to move up two spots at Hanson Stadium.

"Noah's stood out in the high jump and pole vault," said Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Keith Woodard. "Along with his big improvement in the hurdles and a personal best in the javelin, he is looking good for the conference multi-meet in two weeks."

Avery broke his personal best in the pole vault and tied it in the high jump.

David Lovitz ticked up a spot from the first day to finish eighth overall with 4,675 points. Woodard said Lovitz's performance shows he is ready for the Northwest Conference Championships Multi-Events in two weeks.

"His speed is coming along nicely with good runs in the 100 and 400," said Woodard. "He also set personal bests in the discus and javelin."

Avery and Lovitz both qualified for the conference championship last year as well.

Morgan Taylor finished her first collegiate heptathlon in seventh place, the same spot in which she entered the day. Her best event performance on Tuesday was fourth place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:33.89.

Taylor's total of 3,459 puts her eighth on Lewis & Clark's all-time heptathlon list.

"Her speed is coming around as evidenced by her PR in the hurdles," said Woodard. "Great to have her qualify for conference in her first attempt."

Lewis & Clark has two meets remaining before the NWC Championships Multi-Events, which will be back at Hanson Stadium  on Apr. 10 and 11.


Day 1

Noah Avery used two top-three finishes to sit in sixth place in the decathlon after Monday's opening day of the Pacific Multi. The Lewis & Clark sophomore was second in the shot put and third in the high jump.

Morgan Taylor, competing in her first heptathlon, was seventh overall. Her top finish was fourth place in the high jump.

David Lovitz is in ninth place after the opening day.


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