Avery, Lovitz qualify for NWC Championships in decathlon

Avery, Lovitz qualify for NWC Championships in decathlon

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- Two Lewis & Clark Pioneers men's track and field competitors qualified for April's Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships after performances at Tuesday's Pacific Multi.

Freshman Noah Avery placed third and senior David Lovitz took eighth at the event, finishing with marks that qualify both for the postseason meet. While the main NWC Championships will be held at Lewis & Clark's Eldon Fix Track at Griswold Stadium, the decathlon will be held at George Fox University on Apr. 11-12.

Avery took second in the shot put, and third in the high jump, javelin and pole vault, staying in second place for the majority of the event before finishing third. His shot put toss of 40 feet, 6 inches (12.34 meters) was behind only Corban's Jason Bracken, who finished second overall. Avery cleared 6 feet, 0.75 inches (1.85 meters) in the high jump, threw 145 feet, 8.25 inches (44.40 meters) in the javelin and vaulted 11 feet, 9.75 inches (3.60 meters) in the pole vault. 

Meanwhile, Lovitz won the 100 meters after a run of 11.57 seconds, was third in the 110-meter hurdles (18.05) and fourth in the high jump (5 feet, 9.25 inches; 1.76 meters) on his way to the eighth spot. He also ran the fifth-fastest time in the 1,500 meters at 4:59.31. 

Portland State's Kevin Robinson won the event.

Last season, Lewis & Clark didn't have anyone compete in the decathlon, but plan to have both Avery and Lovitz compete at the NWC Championships.

The Pioneers race next at the Willamette Invite on Saturday.