La Grand sets school record, Jackson No. 2 all-time after Portland Twilight

La Grand sets school record, Jackson No. 2 all-time after Portland Twilight

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The multi-day, multi-site Portland Twilight, which included events at Lewis & Clark's Eldon Fix Track, netted a pair of Pioneers into the all-time top two at Lewis & Clark over the weekend.

On Friday at George Fox, freshman Jake La Grand threw 205 feet, 1 inch (62.52m) to break Lewis & Clark's school record and move to 12th in the nation entering the final week of qualifying for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships. 

The following day at Lewis & Clark, senior Amelia Jackson shaved another 2.5 seconds off her personal best in the 800 meters to move to second all-time at Lewis & Clark in the event. Jackson crossed in 2:14.63 and placed seventh, the top NCAA Div. III finisher in the field.

Noah Avery finished fourth in the high jump at a height of 6 feet, 2 inches (1.88m).

La Grand moved passed Erich Roepke's new-rule record from 2013 when he threw 198 feet, 1 inch. There are five old-rule throws that are farther than La Grand's 205 feet, 1 inch. The javelin was redesigned in 1986 to have a different center of gravity. La Grand's previous personal best was 185 feet, 8 inches (56.59m) at the Northwest Conference Championships.

Jackson moved passed Jackie Miller's 1982 mark of 2:16.2 and is second all-time in the 800 meters behind Carla McHattie, a Class of 2017 inductee into the Lewis & Clark Hall of Fame. McHattie ran 2:14.12 in 2006. Jackson moved to 33rd in the nation in the event.

To qualify for the national championships, a student-athlete must be in the men's top 20 or women's top 22 nationally, respectively. The national meet will be held May 24-26 in La Crosse, Wisc.

Last year, Avery for the NCAA Div. III Outdoor Championships in the decathlon.