Three Pios selected USTFCCCA All-West Region

Three Pios selected USTFCCCA All-West Region

NEW ORLEANS -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers had three selected to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-West Region teams, the organization announced earlier this month.

Amelia Jackson, Noah Avery and Jake La Grand were selected following their performances this season. The top-five individuals in each event from each region earned All-Region distinction.

Jackson had a career year on the track and moved to second all-time at Lewis & Clark in the 800 meters at the Portland Twilight earlier this month. With a time of 2:14.63, the senior placed seventh and was the top NCAA Division III finisher in the field. She ended the year 41st in the nation in the event and second among West Region racers. Linfield's Kaelia Neal narrowly surpassed Jackson with a time of 2:14.37 for the top spot in the region.

La Grand, a freshman, qualified for the NCAA Div. III Outdoor Championships in the javelin after throwing for a new school record of 205 feet, 1 inch (62.52m) at the Portland Twilight. He ultimately finished 15th in the country after entering nationals with the 12th-best throw among NCA Div. III competitors. His best throw was the third-highest of the season in the West Region.

Noah Avery, who was the NWC's top nationals finisher in the decathlon as a sophomore in 2017, ranked fifth in the high jump for the West Region this year. Avery cleared 6 feet, 7.5 inches (2.02m) at the George Fox Final Qualifier on May 17, an all-time best.

On the men's side, a total of 743 athletes from 192 programs earned 948 All-Region honors, while 667 from 184 programs made the women's list.