FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Whitworth University's Kayla Brase finished third in the heptathlon and Nicholas McGill took fourth place in the decathlon at the conclusion of the Northwest Conference Combined Events Championships on Tuesday at Pacific University.
Brase finished third with 4,145 points, the second-highest total of her career. Annie Wright of George Fox won the NWC heptathlon with a score of 4,420. Sarah Martinez finished seventh with 3,516 and Taya DeFrance (3,217) was ninth.
Martinez had the meet's best time in the 800-meter run at the end of the meet. She finished in 2:25.85. Brase had the third-best mark in the long jump (16'-11") and the meet's fourth best marks in the javelin and the 800.
Brase and Martinez combined to score eight points that will be added to Whitworth's total score at the 2017 NWC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on April 21-22.
McGill held on to fourth place at the end of the decathlon with 5,656 points. He improved his previous best mark from earlier this season by 200 points. Alex Canchola won the event with 6,390 points, just ahead of teammate John Koch (6,383) and Lewis & Clark's Noah Avery (6,381). Avery was the leader after the first day.
Lucas McGill posted the meet's best throw in the discus with a distance of 122'-4.75". Nicholas McGill had the decathlon's second-best mark in the javelin (159'-6.75").
Whitworth also scored eight points in the decathlon, which will be added to the Pirates' team score.