NACC Picks Up Five All-America Honors on Final Day of NCAA Championships

NACC Picks Up Five All-America Honors on Final Day of NCAA Championships

GENEVA, Ohio ( — Four Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) track and field student-athletes accounted for a total of five All-America honors Saturday as the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships drew to a conclusion at the SPIRE Institute.

Concordia University Chicago sophomore sprinter Kayla Armstrong shined on the final day of the championships, picking up All-America honors in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes. She opened her day with a fifth-place clocking of 56.03 in the 400, then turned around some 90 minutes later to take sixth in the 200 with a time of 24.18 seconds.


The first honors handed out to NACC competitors Saturday came in the women's hammer throw as Aurora University's Jocelyn Ocon and Concordia Chicago's Jessica Wilson both finished in the top-eight. Ocon cleared 52.68 meters (172-10) with her second throw but was unable to improve on the mark and placed fourth overall. Wilson, who set the league's all-time mark at the NACC Championships, posted a mark of 51.24 meters (168-2) with her first throw to advance to the finals. With three more throws at her disposal, Wilson bettered her top mark to 51.44 meters (168-9) and finished sixth. 

The final All-America honor was earned by Benedictine University's Marcos Garcia in the men's 5000. Garcia crossed the line seventh in a time of 14:54.02.

Milwaukee School of Engineering's Jerica Kotarak also competed in the women's triple jump Saturday, placing 14th with a leap of 11.76 meters (38-7).

With three All-America honors, CUC finished in a tie for 23rd place in the women's team standings with 10 points, while Aurora tied for 47th place with five points. Loras College racked up 53 points to take home its first national title in any team sport.

In the men's race, Aurora and Benedictine both tied for 69th place with two points. UW-Eau Claire posted 68 points to earn its first outdoor men's title to go with two indoor titles (2015, 2016) and a trio of runner-up finishes outdoors (2013, 2015, 2016), outdistancing the field by 30 points.


Student-Athlete School Event Seed Seed Mark Championship Schedule/Mark
Kayla Armstrong Concordia Chicago 200 4th 24.47 Prelims: 2nd in heat (24.73); adv. to final
Final: 6th (24.18), All-American
Kayla Armstrong Concordia Chicago 400 3rd 55.78 Prelims: 2nd in heat (55.54); adv. to final
Final: 5th (56.03), All-American
Simone Wilson Concordia Chicago 400 hurdles 16th 1:02.31 15th/5th in heat (1:03.48); DNQ for final
Jessica Wilson Concordia Chicago Hammer Throw 3rd 55.79 meters (183-0) 6th (51.44; 168-9), All-American
Jocelyn Ocon Aurora 7th 53.66 meters (176-0) 4th (52.68m; 172-10), All-American
Jerica Kotarak MSOE Long Jump 18th 5.71 meters (18-9) 16th (5.57m; 18-3.25)
Jerica Kotarak MSOE Triple Jump 9th 11.93 meters (39-1.75) 14th (11.76m; 38-7)
Student-Athlete School Event Seed Seed Mark Championship Schedule/Mark
Ryan Njegovan Aurora Shot Put 19th 16.22 meters (53-2.75) 15th (15.61m; 51-2.75)
Ryan Njegovan Aurora Discus Throw 3rd 53.05 meters (174-0) 7th (49.56m; 162-7), All-American
Marcos Garcia Benedictine 5000 7th 14:22.45 7th (14:54.02), All-American