WAVERLY, Iowa - Senior Melissa Alger (Lisbon, Iowa/Lisbon) earned All-American honors in the discus for the second time in her career Thursday, as she finished sixth at the NCAA National Championships.
Alger entered the NCAA Championships with the sixth best throw in the nation at 158' 1" (48.18m). Alger was in the second flight of the 22 entries in the field. After scratching on her first throw, Alger had a toss of 147' 11" (45.10m) on her second throw that put her in second place. In her final throw of the prelims, Alger had a toss of 138' 3" (42.15m). Alger's second throw was good enough to earn a spot in the finals, where the top nine throws would compete.
Her first throw in the finals was 142' 1" (43.32m). Alger's second throw of the finals went 145' 11" (44.48m) before she scratched on the final throw. Alger's second throw of the prelims was good enough for the sixth place finish at 147' 11" (45.10m). Alger becomes the first two-time outdoor All-American in the discus in school history, while she is the 10th two-time All-American in outdoor track for the Kohawks. Alger finished fifth at the 2014 NCAA Championships with a throw of 150' 8" (45.92 m). Alger closes her career as the school record holder in the discus at 158' 1" (48.18m), set at the IIAC Championships this season, where she won her third-straight Iowa Conference title in the event. Brandy Smith of Ithaca won her second-straight National Championship in the event with a throw of 168' 11" (51.48m).