BEREA, Ohio -- Alex Hymel is an NCAA Division III All-American in the javelin for the third straight season after finishing eighth in his event on Thursday during the first day of the outdoor track and field national championships at Baldwin-Wallace College.
Hymel (Jr., Damascus, Ore.) finished eighth in the javelin with a throw of 201'-5" (61.40 meters). His best throw of the day came on his fifth attempt. He was five feet short of his season best, but threw far enough to become an All-American in the event for the third straight season.
Joy Shufeldt (Fr., Portland, Ore.) finished 12th in the 10,000 meter run while competing in hot and muggy conditions. She finished with a time of 37:58.55. Her season-best in 2010 was 35:49.50.
Erica Cox (Jr., Parma, Idaho) competed in the hammer throw and finished eighth in the second flight with a distance of 156'-8", which did not advance to finals.
The two Whitworth women have completed their events at the NCAA Division III Championships.
The meet will continue on Friday with four Pirate men competing. Emmanuel Bofa (Sr., Puyallup, Wash.) and Dusty Caseria (Sr., Bellingham, Wash.) will race in the trials of the 800 meters. Jeff Kintner (Sr., Wenatchee, Wash.) and Mike Nahl (Sr., West Seattle, Wash.) will each compete in the shot put.