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EUGENE, Ore. – Sparked by a pair of fifth-place performances from senior Nikki Manson (Glasgow, Scotland) and junior Jackie Siefring (Covington, Ohio), the University of Akron Track and Field squad closed out the final day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships at historic Hayward Field on Saturday, June 10, adding a pair of first-team All-America citations.
"It was a good day for Jackie (Siefring) and Nikki (Manson)," Akron head track and field coach Dennis Mitchell commented. "Even with crazy weather and tough and competitive events, the ladies came through. It was a good overall week for the Zips with four first-team All-Americans and one second teamer."
As a team, the Zips finished tied for 32nd place with eight points.
Siefring garnered first-team All-America accolades for the first on the strength of a strong final-day effort in the women's heptathlon in which she registered a cumulative score of 5,663.
Siefring opened her day placing fourth in the long jump with a season-best leap of 20-0.25 (6.10m), before registering the 12th-longest throw in the javelin of 120-8 (36.78m).
In the final event of the competition, Siefring turned in the fourth-fastest time of 2:16.83 in the 800 meters. Her score of 5,663 improved up her effort in 2016 when she posted a score of 5,626 en route to finishing 12th.
Manson turned in a career-best performance in the women's high jump to place fifth.
She opened her competition clearing the opening bar of 5-8 (1.73m) before needing three attempts to better the bar at 5-10 (1.78m).
Manson needed all three attempts to eclipse 5-11.50 (1.82m) to set the stage to attempt a career-best mark. After failing to earn the clearance at 6-0.75 (1.85m) on her opening run at the height, Manson turned in a championship effort besting the bar to earn the right to join four other vaulters to battle for the national title.
Manson was unable to clear 6-2 (1.88m) and finished in fifth after placing 10th at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships.
The NCAA Championships marked the conclusion of the Zips' 2017 outdoor campaign.
SATURDAY WOMEN'S FINALS:
High Jump: Nikki Manson (5th-6-0.75/1.85m)
Jackie Siefring (5th-5,663); 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); Long Jump: Jackie Siefring (4th-20-0.25/6.10m); Javelin: Jackie Siefring (12th-120-8/36.78m); 200 Meters: Jackie Siefring (4th-2:16.83)