West Liberty’s Montes Earns All-American Status


West Liberty University track and field standout Alexis Montes became a first-team All-American here Saturday morning at the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track and Field Championships.  

Montes, a junior from Glen Dale, W.Va., set a school record with a throw of 158 feet, 10 inches (48.43m) in the javelin finals, which kicked off the third and final day of competition at the Grand Valley State University Track and Field Complex.

That effort, which shattered her own school record of 150 feet, 6 inches by more than eight feet, propelled her to a 7th-place finish in the highly-competitive field.

The top 8 spots in the championship finals are recognized as first-team All-Americans with the next 8 spots receiving second-team All-America honors.

Montes, already a 2-time All-Region selection, thrust herself into the thick of the competition from the start on Saturday with a school-record effort of 151 feet on her very first throw, leaving her in sixth place after the opening round.

The Hilltopper junior all but locked up a first-team All-America spot in the third round when she launched her career-best effort. Montes also had a 150-plus throw in the sixth and final round.

Azusa Pacific’s Allison Updike won the event with a monstrous throw of 181 feet, 10 inches, obliterating the previous meet record of 169 feet, 9 inches set by Abilene Christian’s Linda Brivule at the 2008 championships.

Estefania Lopez of Fort Hays State was second at 170-8 with Seton Hill’s Mallory Sanner third at 168-8.

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