SPOKANE, Wash. -- Lewis & Clark Pioneers sophomore Morgan Taylor set a new personal best in Tuesday's heptathlon at the Northwest Conference Championships Multi-Event and a 10th-place finish overall. Taylor used a personal record in the long jump, her fifth PR of the event overall, to help her to a total of 3,897 points. She is now fifth all-time at Lewis & Clark in the heptathlon, finishing one point behind Raina Kiewel's 1998 total.
Noah Avery, who finished third in the decathlon last year and was seventh entering the day, withdrew before the start of Tuesday's events.
Taylor jumped 15 feet, 3 inches (4.65m) in the long jump to eclipse her previous best by one inch set at the L&C Spring Break Open earlier this year. In Monday's opening day of competition, Taylor had matched or exceeded career bests in all four events.
In the javelin, Taylor moved up from 11th to 10th place through six events with a throw of 96 feet, 10 inches (29.53m), the second-best effort of her collegiate career. The event concluded with the 800 meters. Taylor clocked in at 2:30.63 to finish in the top half of the group.
Lewis & Clark will compete at the NWC Championships in McMinnville, Ore. on Apr. 21.
Noah Avery is competing in the decathlon and Morgan Taylor in the heptathlon at the Northwest Conference Championships Multi-Event at Whitworth's Pine Bowl. The two-day event began on Monday and will resume at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
Morgan Taylor is in tenth place after tying or exceeding her career-best marks in all four events of the heptathlon's first-day events. Competing in the event for the second straight year, Taylor's best day-one finish was fourth place in the high jump. The sophomore cleared 4 feet, 10.5 inches (1.49m) to match her career best and earn 610 points to her overall total of 2,278. Annie Wright of George Fox leads the heptathlon through four events with 2,981 points.
Taylor finished 10th in the shot put (28 feet, 7.75 inches/8.73m), 11th in the 200 meters (27.78) and 14th in the 100-meter hurdles (17.21). There are 15 competitors in the field.
Last year, Taylor placed eighth to score the Pioneers points for the overall team score. The rest of the NWC Championships will be held Apr. 21 in McMinnville, Ore.
Noah Avery, who placed third overall at last year's conference championships, is in seventh place after the first day of the decathlon. Avery had moved up to second place through four events after clearing an event-best and career-best 6 feet, 6.25 inches (1.99m) in the high jump to earn 794 points. His day-one total is 3,263 points. Alex Canchola of George Fox is the leader with 3,530 points.
Avery was short of his career-best marks in the other four events. He threw the farthest of any competitor in the shot put at 41 feet, 3.75 inches (12.59m) to add 642 points in the day's third event. In the 11-competitor field, Avery was 10th in the 100 meters (11.81) and long jump (19 feet, 9.75 inches/6.04m) and 11th in the 400 meters (56.41).
Among NWC competitors at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships last year, Avery finished the highest. The first event on Tuesday will be the 110-meter hurdles at 10 a.m.