Nevada's Nicola Ader qualifies for track and field nationals in three events

Nicola Ader
Nevada sophomore Nicola Ader has qualified for nationals in three events. (Kevin Bass/Nevada athletics)

Nevada Wolf Pack sophomore Nicola Ader advanced to the NCAA outdoor track and field national championships in two more events Thursday in Sacramento.

Ader had already qualified for the national championships in the heptathlon before qualifying in the high jump and long jump. The native of Affolterbach, Germany finished with a clean sheet in the high jump, reaching 5 feet, 10.75 inches (1.81 meters) before the competition ended. No further jumps were attempted after the 48-person field was narrowed down to the 12 who will travel to Austin, Texas for NCAAs.

Ader followed that with a leap of 20 feet, 5.75 inches (6.24 meters) in the long jump to finish seventh and add another event to her Austin itinerary. The mark came on her third and final attempt after reaching 18 feet, 1.75 inches (5.53 meters) on her first attempt and fouling during her second.

“What an amazing performance and season for Nicola,” Wolf Pack assistant coach Scott Williamson said in a news release. “She has had one of the best seasons in school history and has placed herself as one of the best track and field athletes in the nation. We are excited for the final round of NCAA’s in Austin as we think she still has room to improve.”

In addition to Ader, Nevada junior Karoline Sauer extended her season by advancing to Friday's national quarterfinal in the 400-meter hurdles. Sauer shaved almost a second off her school record with a time of 58.42 seconds to take second in her heat. Her time was 12th on the day, putting her in the 24-person field. The top 12 finishers in Friday's race will advance to Austin.

Nevada sophomore Alex Bohlman finished 26th in the javelin with a mark of 146 feet, 3 inches (44.58 meters) was good for 26th overall. Last season, Bohlman took 30th at the meet with a mark of 141 feet, 2 inches (43.02 meters).

Wolf Pack sophomore Hiley Dobbs took 45th place in the 10,000 meters with a time of 36 minutes, 34.21 seconds.

The competition for Nevada wraps up Friday, beginning at 5 p.m. with junior Gaby Palmer in the pole vault. Sauer’s 400-meter hurdle quarterfinal will start at 7 p.m. Senior Lindsey Sickler runs in the steeplechase at 8:20 p.m. The meet will be streamed on FloTrack.

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