by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
BOSTON, Mass. - Nick McGill set three new career-highs Saturday morning en route to a 4,900-point performance, new school record and ninth place finish in the heptathlon at the Division III Indoor National Championships.
McGill broke his own school record of 4,854 points, which he set earlier this season at the Cougar Indoor. By finishing ninth, the junior narrowly missed out on All-America honors, which are awarded to the top-eight finishers in each event. Will Daniels of Central College won the event with 5,418 points.
McGill opened the day by placing 11th in the 60-meter hurdles and outpacing his previous best time by .02 seconds. He followed that performance with a 12-foot 11 ½-inch clear in the pole vault, eclipsing his previous best by 2 inches. McGill closed the day with a 2:46.81 performance in the 1,000-meter run, his best time in the event by more than 6 seconds. The junior was in seventh place after Friday's competition, during which he placed third in the shot put and tied for fifth in the high jump.
By qualifying for the Indoor National Championships, McGill continued a four-year streak of Pirate qualifiers. His then-school record 4,854 points gave him the 11th-best total in the nation entering the meet.
Up next, McGill rejoins the Whitworth track & field team to continue his outdoor season. The Pirates host the Buc Scoring Invite on Saturday, March 16. The meet begins at 10 a.m. in the Whitworth Pine Bowl.