CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Our summer top 10 individuals list continues today. Coming in at number two is sophomore Melissa Alger (Lisbon, Iowa/Lisbon)'s fifth-place finish in the discus to earn All-American honors in track and field.
Alger finished fifth in the women's discus throw at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, securing All-American honors. Alger broke her own school record for the event in the process.
Alger was the first athlete to enter the ring in the first flight of the preliminary round of competition. She launched the discus 149' (45.42 m) on her first attempt, her best throw of the preliminary round. Alger scratched on her second throw before finishing the round with a toss of 142' 7.5" (43.47 m).
After the first flight of prelims, Alger sat in second place but she had to watch 11 more competitors throw before she knew if she would make it to finals. As it turned out, her first throw of the day exceeded the 146' 4" (44.60 m) that was needed to advance to the finals. Alger entered finals in sixth place.
In her first throw of finals, Alger unleashed a heave of 150' 8" (45.92 m), breaking her own school record of 149' 11" (45.70 m) set earlier this year at the Cornell Open. That new school record lasted a matter of minutes, as Alger uncorked a toss of 152' (46.33 m) on her second throw of finals. Her final throw of the day measured in at 149' 9.5" (45.66 m).
With her performance this afternoon, Alger becomes the first Kohawk to earn All-American honors in the Outdoor National Championships since Keelie Finnel finished second in the 800 meter run in 2012. Alger is the first Coe female to earn All-American honors as a discus thrower since Ann Gramkow claimed sixth in 2003.
Top 10 Team Events of 2013-14
10 - Kohawks win second-straight Bremner Cup
9 - Men's soccer rolls by Iowa Wesleyan 9-0
8 - Women's soccer cruises by Iowa Wesleyan 12-0
7 - Football defeats Wartburg 24-10 in Waverly
6 - Women's Basketball upsets #16 Carthage
5 - Volleyball wins school-record 21-straight matches
4 - Women's Tennis goes 7-0 to win Iowa Conference Championship
3 - Men's Tennis goes 7-0 to win Iowa Conference Championship
2 - Softball wins back-to-back Iowa Conference Championships
Top 10 Individual Events of 2013-14
10 - Crain, Lang win women's golf invites
9 - Coe turns in eight top six times at Liberal Arts Championships
8 - Alberhasky, Golinski strike out 11 batters each
7 - Antoine Allen-Jackson intercepts three passes against Cornell
6 - Tyler Gunderson fourth at IIAC Men's Golf Championships
5 - Wirth, Hansche knock down eight treys apiece against Luther
4 - Weeces throws perfect game, two no-hitters
3 - Noah Sprinkel plays in NCAA National Singles Championship