Pledger Earns All American Honors With Sixth Place Finish In High Jump; Symmonds Qualifies for Finals in the 800

LISLE, IL - Freshman Alanna Pledger earned All-American status as she finished tied for sixth in the high jump at the NCAA Division III National Track and Field Championships at Benedictine University on Friday.

Also Friday, senior Nick Symmonds qualified for the finals of the 800 as he won his heat in a time of 1:51.42, the fourth fastest time of the day. Symmonds, the defending champion in both the 800 and 1500 meters, will attempt to defend both those titles on Saturday.

Pledger jumped 5'5" in her first national championship appearance, finishing in a three-way tie for sixth place. The winning jump of 5'9" was recorded by Christyn Schumann of Trinity University.

Also on Friday, Mariah Hanson, who helped lead the Bearcats 1600 relay team to the finals, failed to qualify for the finals in the 400 despite running her fastest 400 time of the season in 57.24.

On Saturday, sophomore Sophia Dentzel will compete in the finals of the javelin, along with Symmonds in the 800 and 1500, Jordyn Smith in the 400 hurdles and the women's 1600 relay team.

The relay team's qualifying run on Thursday set a new school record with a time of 3:48.60, besting the old record by over three seconds. Hanson, Smith, Andrea May and Lindsey Patterson will represent the Bearcats in the finals on Saturday.

Smith's qualifying time in the hurdles of 62.30 was a personal best that places her second all-time in the Willamette record books.