EUGENE, Ore. — Two local athletes had strong showings at the NCAA national track and field championships.
Former Versailles state champion Sam Prakel, running for Oregon, finished fifth 3:40.84 in the 1,500, a race won by Akron’s Clayton Murphy, who ran for Tri-Village in high school.
Prakel ran close to Murphy for much of the race.
“My plan was just to get out aggressive and try to get in third place, because I knew it was going to get out fast and put myself in position and kind of hang on and I had a lot of faith in my fitness and in my coaches,” Prakel said. We decided to go for it and just see how long I could stick with those guys. I’m happy with putting it all out there and seeing what I could do, so I got points for the team and had a decent day.”
He also helped Oregion finish high in the team rankings.
“That’s the main thing. You know, watching that 4×100, LSU won it, so that just added extra motivation because I know they are part of the team chase too. So that’s the first part of it, to score points, and then secondly be aggressive and maybe take a couple risks.”
12th in ‘Hep’
Former Covington state champion Jackie Siefring earned second-team All-America honors in the heptathlon after finishing the seven-event competition with a cumulative score of 5,626, a total that was one point short of equaling her career-best total in the event.
She opened second-day competition jumping 19-7.50 (5.98m) in the long jump, the 11th-best effort.
Siefring followed registering a mark of 122-1 (37.21m) in the javelin, the 15th-best throw in the event.
She capped her NCAA Championship performance winning the 800 meters in 2:14.57.
“Jackie finished ahead of where she was ranked in the heptathlon,” said Mitchell. “She capped it off with winning the 800 meters.”
On the opening day, Siefring was 15th in the 100 hurdles, 13.91; took 19th in the high jump, 5-4 1-4; was 16th in the shot put, 37-3; and ninth in the 200, 24.97.
Former Covington state champion Lane White finished an outstanding sophomore season for Hillsdale College at the Division II national meet, earning All-American honors.
White teamed with Noah Hiser, Colby Clark and Ty Etchemendy to place seventh with a time of 3:11.04.