May 25, 2007
Three Bearcats Earn All-America Titles in Second Day of NCAA Championships
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - ( Live results) Junior Brandi Honeywell scored a school record 4,839 points in a sixth-place performance in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. Junior Courtland Ingram tied for eight in the decathlon with 6,529, surging from 12th after the first day of events.
Senior Bayo Adio placed third in the high jump, jumping 7-1 3/4 for his first All-America title. Senior Eric Isley finished fifth in his heat and 14th overall in the preliminaries of the 800-meter run with 1:52.45, unable to advance to tomorrow's final in the event. The top eight finishers in each event earn All-America honors.
"It's great for Brandi," said women's head coach Scott Lorek. "It's great for the whole program. I'm excited. Today was similar to yesterday in that she stayed steady all the way through."
Honeywell finished eighth in each of today's events, measuring 17-2 1/4 in the long jump and 100-7 in the javelin, and setting a personal record of 2:22.25 in the 800-meter run. She is the first Northwest athlete to earn All-America honors in the heptathlon and the 10th in any outdoor event for the women's team.
Ingram placed ninth in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.81 seconds and 12th in the discus throw with a 103-7 mark. He took fourth in the pole vault, scoring 688 points with 13-11 1/4, and followed up with a third-place performance in the javelin throw with 174-4. A sixth-place finish in the 1,500-meter run at 4:41.45 tallying him 6,529 total points, tied with Chris Pounds of Abilene Christian (Texas) University for eighth.
He is the first Northwest athlete to earn All-America honors in the decathlon since 1994, when Jeff Fogel placed second at the national meet. His is the third Bearcat overall to earn such honors in the event.
"We're awfully happy," said men's head coach Richard Alsup. "First time here and they (Ingram and Honeywell) made All-American."
Adio passed on the opening height of 6-6 3/4 and cleared the next three heights on his first attempt. He cleared 7-1 3/4 on his second attempt and was stopped on all three attempts for 7-3. Adio is the second Bearcat to earn All-America honors in the outdoor high jump and the first since Bob Sundell earned All-America honors in 1987-89.
Isley ran in the front of the pack through the opening 600-meters, but suffered from tightness within the next 50 meters and finished fifth in his heat.
Northwest will wrap up competition at the NCAA Championships on Sat., May 26, with senior Diezeas Calbert competing in the men's triple jump at 4:30 p.m. CST.
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