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Nicola Ader qualifies for NCAA Championships; two more Wolf Pack stars look to join her

Nicola Ader
Nicola Ader has already qualified for nationals. (Nevada athletics)

Nevada track and field star Nicola Ader has qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon, with two more Wolf Pack stars looking to join her in Eugene, Ore.

The German native is a sixth-time All-American and will look to add to that haul June 9-12 at Hayward Field.

Additionally, Ader and teammates Emily Costello and Rayven Nealey will participate in this week's NCAA West Preliminary Round at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Ader will compete in the long jump, entering the preliminaries ranked 23rd in the West. Costello is in the 400-meter field and will enter the preliminary round ranked 44th in the West. Nealey will compete in the triple jump and ranks 46th in the West. Ader competes Thursday and Costello and Nealey on Saturday. The top-12 finishers in each event advance to nationals.

With her top score of 5,607 points in the heptathlon this season, Ader has already qualified for nationals. That score ranks 20th in the nation (24 athletes advanced to nationals). Ader is one of only four non-Power 5 athletes to male the heptathlon field. The top-eight finishers at nationals earn first-team All-American honors; those who place 9-16 are named second-team All-Americans. The women's heptathlon includes the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 meters, long jump, javelin throw and 800 meters.

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 athlete. No other alum has more than two All-American honors.


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