Nevada sophomore Nicola Ader became Wolf Pack track & field’s most decorated athlete ever Saturday, earning her third and fourth career All-American honors at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Ader earned two second team All-American honors with a 13th place finish in the heptathlon and a 16th place finish in the high jump. No one else in the history of the Nevada track & field program has earned more than two All-American honors in a career.
“All in all I think I had a successful weekend,” Ader said. “I’ll need one or two days, and then I’ll be really happy and proud of myself. I think I learned a lot this weekend.”
This March, Ader was named second team All-American in the indoor high jump. Her now four total All-American honors are the most ever for a member of the Pack. Ali McKnight is the only other with more than one, earning first-team honors in 1994 and 1995 for the heptathlon.
A day after competing in the heptathlon’s high jump, Ader competed in the open high jump. Ader reached a max height of 5 feet and 8.75 inches (1.75 meters) to take 16th, good for second team All-American honors. The honors would be Ader’s second of the weekend, making her the first ever at Nevada to be named to two All-America teams at the same championship meet. The distinction would be short lived, as she would later take up the same honor in the heptathlon.
The open high jump came in the midst of a busy second day of the heptathlon. Prior to the open event, Ader competed in the heptathlon’s long jump and javelin throw before wrapping the night up with the 800 meter.
Ader opened up day two of the competition with a 19 feet and 6 inch (5.94 m) mark in the long jump. The jump would earn her 831 points, bringing her total to 4,274 and moving her to 11th place in the competition.
In the javelin, Ader reached a mark of 124 feet (37.81m). The distance was good for 12th, and the 625 points pushed her into 10th in the heptathlon with a point total of 4,899. The distance as just a few inches below her personal best of 128 feet and 9 inches (39.24m).
After the open high jump, Ader sealed the 13th-place finish with a time of 2:31.68 in the 800m. The time brought her point total to 5,571, just 19 points short of her personal record.
The finish earned her third All-American honor of the weekend, as she took 12th in the open long jump on Thursday with a mark of 20’ 4.50” (6.21m).