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EUGENE, Ore. – University of Akron senior Phil Jagers (Solon, Ohio) capped his stellar Zips' outdoor career placing 16th in the men's discus to direct Akron's efforts on the third day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships at historic Hayward Field on Friday, June 9.
"We did not have as much magic today with our guys team," Akron head track and field coach Dennis Mitchell commented. "It marked the end of a great college career for Phillip Jagers. He just could not get off a good throw."
"A top-20 finish in the country for our team is still a good deal. I'm very proud of what our men did this year."
As a team, the Zips' men's squad finished the team competition placing 17th with 15 points.
The school-record holder in the men's discus, Jagers opened his competition with a throw that fell just outside the throwing sector resulting in a foul. He responded on his second attempt registering a mark of 178-8 (54.46m).
Needing a strong mark to advance to the finals on his third and final attempt, Jagers recorded a throw of 182-10 (55.72m) to finish the competition earning second-team All-America honors with a 16th-place showing.
Sophomore Cody Stine (Shelby, Ohio) sought to improve upon second-team All-America honors a year ago in the men's high jump, but was unable to clear the opening bar of 6-9.75 (2.08m). By virtue of his finish, Stine garnered honorable mention All-America accolades.
Junior Jackie Siefring (Covington, Ohio) turned in a strong opening-day performance in the women's heptathlon registering a four-event cumulative score of 3,310 to stand in eighth place.
She will enter the final three events on Saturday, June 10, seeking to improve upon collecting second-team All-America accolades in 2016 after placing 12th in the championship final with a score of 5,626.
Siefring opened the competition running a season-best time of 13.98 in the 100-meter hurdles, the 11th-fastest time in the field of 24.
She followed jumping 5-5.25 (1.66m) in the women's high jump to place 10th, before registering the sixth-best mark in the shot put with a throw of 39-10.75 (12.16m).
Siefring capped her day's efforts finishing 13th in the 200 meters crossing the line in 25.39.
The heptathlon concludes on Saturday with the final three events in the long jump (2:30 p.m. ET), javelin (3:45 p.m. ET) and 800 meters (8:13 p.m. ET).
The final day of the NCAA Championship will see senior Nikki Manson (Glasgow, Scotland) participate in the women's high jump at 6 p.m. ET.
"Tomorrow is the women's finals, their effort started off well today," said Mitchell. "In wet and cool conditions, Jackie competed tough today. She put herself in a good position entering the second day, which is her better day in the heptathlon."
Jackie Siefring (8th-3,310); 100-Meter Hurdles: Jackie Siefring (11th-13.98); High Jump: Jackie Siefring (10th-5-5.25/1.66m); Shot Put: Jackie Siefring (6th-39-10.75/12.16m); 200 Meters: Jackie Siefring (13th-25.39)