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Area roundup: Whitworth’s Courtney Fairhart places seventh in discus

Courtney Fairhart entered the Whitworth track and field program as a javelin thrower. She’ll leave it as an All-American performer in the women’s discus.

Fairhart finished seventh with a school-record throw of 157 feet, 3 inches, at the opening day of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.

Fairhart, who earned her second straight All-America finish, was forced to change her specialty after a shoulder injury forced her to give up the javelin.

On the men’s side, Joe Green placed fifth in the pole vault claiming the second All-America honor of his career.

Green cleared 16-4 1/2. Teammate Everett Kleven recorded a personal-best height of 15-10 1/2, placing 20th in the event.


Whitworth catcher Joshua Davis’ postseason accolades continue to grow. The senior was named a third-team All-American by, after he was named to the All-West Region first team earlier in the week.

Arena football

The Spokane Shock were assigned rookie defensive lineman Rickey Simpson and placed defensive lineman Bryson Kelly on injured reserve.

Kelly was put on reserve after a groin injury.

Simpson joins the Shock after a collegiate career at Illinois State. He recorded 55 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks while played for the Redbirds.

Simpson will be active for Saturday’s game against Las Vegas.

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