FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Whitworth University's Kayla Brase is in third place after the first day of the heptathlon and Nicholas McGill is in fourth in the decathlon at the 2017 Northwest Conference Combined Events Championships, which are being hosted by Pacific University.
Brase leads a contingent of seven Pirate athletes at the two-day event. Three are in the women's heptathlon and four are competing in the men's decathlon.
Brase scored 2,424 points on Monday and trails Annie Wright (2,665) and Dakota Buhler (2,555), both of George Fox. Taya DeFrance is in seventh place with 1,945 points and Sarah Martinez is in eighth with 1,908.
Brase posted the best mark of the day in the high jump, clearing 4'-11.75" to score 644 points. She also went 16.45 in the 100 hurdles and 27.75 in the 200-meter dash. She tossed the shot put 29'-9.25".
Martinez posted the heptathlon's best time in the 200 dash with a mark of 26.00. She also had the second-best time in the 100 hurdles (16.05). But unfortunately she did not clear a height in the high jump.
Nicholas McGill is in fourth place in the men's decathlon after the first day of competition with 3,186 points. Noah Avery of Lewis & Clark is in first place with a score of 3,361. Lucas McGill (2,853) is in ninth, Dane Larson (2,804) is in 10th and Jackson Hope (2,721) is 11th.
The best event for Nicholas McGill was the 400-meter dash. He posted the second fastest time in the field at 51.71 for 737 points. Lucas McGill had the decathlon's second-best shot put mark (38'-11.5") and second-best high jump (6'-2").
The meet will conclude on Tuesday. Points scored this week will be added into the team totals during the 2017 NWC Track and Field Championships on April 21-22 at Whitworth's Boppell Track.