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Nevada's Nicola Ader earns sixth All-American honor with 16th-place finish in pentathlon

Nicola Ader
Nicola Ader earned her sixth All-American honor for Nevada at this year's indoor championships. (Nevada athletics)

While it was not the performance she was hoping for, Nevada star Nicola Ader secured her program-record sixth All-American honor during Thursday's indoor NCAA track and field championship in Fayetteville, Ark.

Ader, a senior from Affolterbach, Germany, finished 16th in the 16-person field in the pentathlon. She was competing in her third straight indoor national championships. Ader's performance was undone by her best event, the high jump, where she is a three-time All-American. But Ader failed to clear the minimum height in the high jump and didn't score any points in that event.

The pentathlon is comprised of five events. Here is where Ader placed in the 16-person field in each one. (Full results here.)

60-meter hurdles: Ader finished 11th out of 16 athletes in the first event. She ran the hurdles in 8.77 seconds. Duke's Erin Marsh was first at 8.13 seconds.

High jump: Ader failed to clear the bar, finishing 16th, and did not score any points in the event. She had three attempts 1.65 meters. Texas A&M's Tyra Gittens won the event with a jump of 6 feet, 4 inches.

Shot put: Ader's best throw came on her second attempt, a career-best heave of 36 feet, 5 inches, good for 14th place in that event. She also had a throw of 34-8.5 and a fault. Gittens had the best throw at 45-5.75.

Long jump: Ader finished in 12th place with a jump of 18 feet, 11.75 inches on her second attempt. She also had jumps of 18-10 and 16-8.5. Arkansas' G'Auna Edwards won the long jump at 20 feet, 11.25 inches.

800 meters: Ader finished 12th in the 800 with a personal-best time of 2 minutes, 25.95 seconds. The event was won by BYU's Halley Folsom with a time of 2:10.86.

Ader typically scores between 800 and 850 points in the long jump, so not scoring in that event proved crucial. She finished with 3,089 points. Texas A&M's Gittens won the pentathlon with 4,746 points, which is a collegiate record. She broke the mark of 4,703 set by Georgia's Kendell Williams in 2016.

The top-eight finishers at nationals earn first-team All-American honors; those who place 9-16 are named second-team All-Americans.

Ader has earned first-team All-American honors in the indoor high jump (2020) and second-team All-American honors in the outdoor high jump (2019), heptathlon (2019), outdoor long jump (2019), indoor high jump (2019) and pentathlon (2021). Ader's six All-American honors are more than any Wolf Pack women's track and field athletes. No other alum has more than two All-American honors.


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