Feb. 20, 2004
Pre-MIAA Meet at CMSU Highlights Several Bearcats
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| WARRENSBURG, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University track and field teams made a pre-MIAA Conference Championship tune up at the Central Missouri State University Classic Friday night. |
The Bearcat women had several top-three performances in addition to notching another national provisional qualifier. Steph Suntken (Jr., Indianola, Iowa) finally provisionally qualified for nationals in the 800-meter run after a close call last week. Her time of 2:17.10 was good enough for first place in the event. Lacey Jackson (So., Emerson, Iowa) followed Suntken in second place (2:31.79).
Mary Wirt (Sr., Liberty, Mo.) took home championship honors in the weight throw with a toss of 52 feet, 7.25 inches. That mark increased her provisional mark of 52-6.5 set earlier this season at the Graceland Invite. In the shot put, Wirt took fifth place (37-8) behind Stacey Loemker's (Fr., Beatrice, Neb.) fourth-place mark of 37-8.75.
Gara Lacy (Sr., Jefferson City, Mo.) also performed well in the field events by taking third in the long jump (16-8) and fifth in the triple jump (34-7.75).
In the sprints, Alisha Samuel (So., San Juan, Trinidad) continued to hold steady in the 60-meter dash, taking second in the event with a time of 7.65 seconds. The clocking matched her season-best and provisional qualifying time from last week's Prairie Wolf Invitational. Kailea Cook (Fr., Parkville, Mo.) added her name to the provisional qualifier list in the 60-meter dash with a third place time of 7.72 seconds. In addition, Cook placed fourth in the 200-meter dash (26.51).
On the men's side, Daniel McKim (Jr., Maryville, Mo.) took home the only first-place finish of the night. He won the weight throw with a heave of 57-5.50 and took third in the shot put (53-9). Former Bearcat standout Tucker Woolsey won the shot put as an unattached thrower (59-2).
Pat Jordan (Jr. Maryville, Mo.) provisionally qualified for nationals in the high jump with a height of 6-9, which was good enough for second place. Central's Ivan Varbanov won the event and set a new building record at 7-3. In field events, Jamaica Rector (So., Celeste, Texas) took second in the long jump (22-11.25), while Clif McIntosh (Fr., Conception Jct., Mo.) took second in the pole vault (14-9).
Eric Isley (So., Pleasantville, Iowa) and Kyle Keraus (Sr., Garner, Iowa) were the top collegiate runners in the 800-meter run in times of 1:54.73 and 1:55.46, respectively. They placed second and third behind an unattached runner. The Bearcats also doubled up in the 60-meter dash with E.J. Falkner (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) taking fourth (6.95) and Rector taking fifth (6.96).
The Northwest men and women will spend next week preparing for the MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 27-28 in Joplin, Mo.
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