Kovalik All-American With Sixth Place Finish in Decathlon at NCAA Championships; Beat 38-Year Old School Record in Event

Alex Kovalik (Photo by Lenny Reich)
Alex Kovalik (Photo by Lenny Reich)

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Mount Union sophomore Alex Kovalik (Aurora/Aurora) earned All-American honors with a sixth place finish in the decathlon late on Friday at the 2012 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships in Claremont, California.

The event spread over the first two days of the meet includes -- the 100 meter hurdles, shot put, discus, javelin, long jump, pole vault, 100 meter dash, high jump, 1500 meters and 400 meters.

Kovalik, who came in seeded sixth, got a big boost on day two with a second place finish in the pole vault portion of the event as he finished with a school record total of 6,631 points which got him on the podium and was only one point out of fifth place.  

Ethan Miller of Central (Iowa) won the event with 7,017 points.

Kovalik is just the second All-American in the decathlon in Mount Union history and he beats the 38-year record of the other All-American -- Larry Griffith, who finished fifth at the NCAA Championships with 6,300 points in 1974.

Two more Mount Union men will compete on Saturday as freshman Sean Donnelly (Willoughby/Willoughby South) and senior Sean Denard (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) compete in the shot put.

Denard finished ninth in the discus on Thursday.