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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.
Denard finished ninth in the discus on Thursday.