INDIANAPOLIS -- As the final qualifying meets closed out on Thursday night, Lewis & Clark sophomore Noah Avery remained in the top 20 nationally and will compete in the decathlon at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 25-26 in Geneva, Ohio.
Avery finished third overall in April's Northwest Conference Championships Multi-Events with 6,381 points, a point total that ended up being 19th on the NCAA Div. III Outdoor Qualifying List.
The men's decathlon at the NCAA Championships begins on Thursday with the 100 meters at 10:30 a.m. Five events will be held each day on Thursday and Friday with the final event, the 1,500 meters, beginning at 5:10 p.m. on the final day. The event will be held at the SPIRE Institute about one hour east of Cleveland.
Avery is one of six underclassmen in the field that is led by Cortland State senior Jack Flood's qualifying total of 7,021.
During April's NWC Championships, Avery finished with seven personal bests during the decathlon and set three season-best marks in the other events. His point total moved him to fourth all-time in Lewis & Clark history. Avery had the lead following the ninth event. A year prior, Avery, along with David Lovitz, became the first Pioneers decathletes to qualify for the NWC Championships in about a decade.
This is the second straight year that Lewis & Clark has placed student-athletes in the nationals field. Last year, Kodie Artner and Deion Mock qualified in the hurdles and pole vault, respectively.