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NWAACC athletes place at US Track & Field National Championships


Dakarai Hightower, Lane coach Grady O'Connor and Travis Thompson at the USTF compitition.

Lane freshman Dakarai Hightower placed 9th in the men’s high jump on Saturday at the USATF National Championships in Sacramento.  Dakarai cleared his opening height of 7’00.5 on his first jump, and went on to clear 7’-02.5” on his second attempt. 

While he was unable to make the next bar of 7’04.5”, coach Grady O’Connor was very pleased with his performance, “Dakarai competed beyond his years (19 yrs.) in his first experience on the national stage, he showed great composure throughout.”  The eventual winner was 2012 Olympic silver medalist, Erik Kynard.

Making the US National Team was Clackamas and University of Oregon alum Becky Holliday who placed third in the women's pole vault.

Holliday, a NWAC and NCAA pole vault champion, placed ninth in the world at the 2012 Summer Olympics.


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