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Wolf Pack’s Ader at NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 11:14 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - This weekend, Nevada’s best track and field athlete to date will try to add more accolades to her already stellar career.

Over Friday and Saturday, Nicola Ader will compete in the Heptathlon at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

“It’s a good feeling to have this opportunity to compete for Nevada again and represent,” said Ader, who has collected six All-American honors over her three-plus seasons running, jumping, throwing and doing everything right in between for the Wolf Pack.

The event is making a return after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Three months prior to when they would’ve happened, March’s Indoor Championships were canceled the day Ader flew to Albuquerque to compete.

“Everybody was down in the lobby, some people were trying to joke around, some people were crying, others just staring at the ground,” said Ader of the immediate reaction to the event at the onset of the spread of COVID-19. “It was a really weird atmosphere.”

While already having earned six All-American titles wearing Silver and Blue, the senior from Germany sees more to accomplish, namely a first-team designation, which was given to everyone who made this year’s Indoor Championships in March due to COVID-related adjustments.

Ader’s other five honors are for second-team finishes, between 9th and 16th place.

“I have big plans. I’m trying to be a first-team all-american this time and come home with a trophy,” said Ader.

Only the top eight get a trophy.

“I’m not leaving Oregon without one.”

And she’ll try and do it from a storied venue on the campus of the University of Oregon. Hayward Field is hosting the championships after undergoing a major renovation.

“It’s just such a historic place,” said Ader, who plans to return to Nevada next year for an extra year granted to most athletes. “I’m glad I get the chance to compete there.”

You can keep up with Ader and the NCAA Outdoor Championships from historic Hayward Field here.

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