Mount St. Mary's sophomore Rob Pendergist, who missed the NCAA's automatic standard in the decathlon by just 10 points last week when he won the IC4A championship, will compete in this week's national championship meet nonetheless as one of five provisional entries.
Pendergist will join 11-time All-America Peter Rono as the Mount's two participants in the event, to be held Friday and Saturday at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Pendergist scored a career-high 7,540 in winning the IC4A title last weekend. Though the score was just shy of the automatic qualifying mark set by the NCAA, it still was one of the top 16 collegiate performances of the year, which catapults the native of Ellsworth, Maine, into the field. Only 11 decathletes reached the standard, and Pendergist's score was the best among the five others who earned an at-large spot.