Ader set for busy week at NCAA Outdoor Championships
Nevada track and field's All-American Nicola Ader has one meet left on her sophomore season, this week's NCAA Outdoor National Championships in Austin, Texas. The native of Affolterbach, Germany will be the first ever from Nevada to compete in three events at the meet; Ader qualified in the high jump, long jump and heptathlon. Ader can become just the second two-time All-American, and first to accomplish the feat in the same year.
Ader enters the meet as the reigning Mountain West indoor and outdoor high jump champion, qualifying at the NCAA West Prelims with a jump of 5' 10.75" (1.81 meter). The mark tied her personal record and landed her in a tie for 16th in the nation. Later that same day, Ader qualified in the long jump with a mark of 20' 5.75" (6.24 m). The leap was just short of her personal record mark of 20' 7.75" (6.29 m), which is a school record. Ader set the record earlier this season at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California.
While in Azusa, Ader put up a qualifying mark in the heptathlon as well. Her score of 5,590 is good for third all-time at Nevada, and puts her at 18th in the nation. Combined events are not run at the preliminary meets, the top 24 marks in the nation advance directly to Austin.
This indoor season, Ader qualified for the national championships in the high jump. Her ninth-place finish earned her Second team All-American honors, and was the highest ever indoor finish for a member of the Pack. Ader can become just the second ever from Nevada to earn All-American honors twice, joining Ali McKnight in 1994 and 1995. Both of McKnight's All-American honors came in the heptathlon. No one from Nevada has ever earned All-American honors twice in the same year.
McKnight is also responsible for Nevada's best ever finish at nationals, taking second in the hepathlon in 1995. A member of the Pack has only finished in the top eight five times, with the most recent being Caira Hane in 2006 for the hammer throw.
Ader's busy competition slate begins Thursday with the long jump at 6:30 p.m. PT. The heptathlon begins Friday at 12:30 p.m. PT and runs through Saturday. The high jump is scheduled for Saturday at 5:00 p.m. PT. All field and combined events will be broadcast on ESPN3, with Friday's heptathlon 200m coming on ESPN and Saturday's heptathlon 800m airing on ESPN2. Live results will be available at nevadawolfpack.com/tf.