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Four Scots are All-American

Barry McNamara
03/1/2011
Sophomore Allison Devor

Four Monmouth College athletes earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Columbus, Ohio, helping the Fighting Scots women post their highest-ever national finish.

Led by two-time All-American Allison Devor, the women scored 16 points and placed 10th, besting the previous high of 18th place at the 2002 outdoor meet.

In the weight throw, Devor picked a great time to unleash her personal best performance. The sophomore made it out of the qualifying round with the shortest throw, 55’4-3/4, but she then jumped from that ninth-place standing all the way to a fourth-place All-American finish by recording a school-record throw of 57’6-1/4 on her next-to-last attempt. Devor has been rewriting the weight throw record book all season, and it now stands nearly five feet longer than it did entering the year.

Devor followed up the weight throw with another All-American performance in the shot put. Her school-record throw of 45'4-1/2 was good for seventh place.

Two other women added to Monmouth's point total at the meet with top-eight, All-American finishes. In the preliminary round of the 55-meter hurdles, freshman Alexa Allen lowered her school record yet again, finishing in 8.23 seconds. She then posted a fifth-place time of 8.27 in the finals.

Senior pole vaulter Whitney Didier claimed fourth place by clearing 12'8-1/4, breaking the school record she had set a week ago. It was the first national meet for all three women's All-Americans.

On the men's side, senior Nick Byom cleared 6’8-3/4 to place fourth in the high jump and earn his first All-American honor. His teammate, defending national outdoor champion Tyler Hannam, just missed out on All-American honors, placing ninth at 6’6-3/4.

Two other Scots competed at the meet but came up short of All-American honors. In the long jump, sophomore MacKinsey Marquith did not advance to the finals. Her best mark in the qualifying round was 17’4-1/4. Freshman high jumper Emily Tysma topped out at 5'1-1/4.