Two more athletes became NCAA III All-Americans on day two (May 27) of the 2011 NCAA III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Delaware, Ohio. Freshman Tommie Bardsley cleared 6-9 in the men's high jump to place fifth in the event, while sophomore Deanna Dirkschneider had a toss of 46-11.75 to take fourth in the women's shot put.
It is the first All-American award for both Bardsley and Dirkschneider. NWU has now had four total All-Americans in the first two days of competition.
Bardsley (Beatrice, Neb.) tied his career best with the leap of 6-9, tied for the 10th best jump in NWU history. Dirkschneider (North Bend, Neb.) set a new career-high with her mark in the shot put. Her throw of 46-11.75 is third all-time at NWU.
Three other men competed for the Prairie Wolves on Friday. Elliott Bulling placed 11th in the shot put with a mark of 53-9.75. Jay Wall was 15th in the pole vault clearing 14-11.50.
Senior Kevin Janata ran a time of 14.54 in the preliminaries of the 110 hurdles to qualify for the finals on Saturday.
For the women, Amanda Brichacek also competed in the shot put and threw 42-10.25 to place 17th after earning All-America in the hammer throw earlier in the day.
Taylor Tacha ran the 100 hurdles but failed to qualify for the finals with her time of 14.63.