Feb. 27, 2004
Several Bearcats Lead MIAA After Day One in Joplin
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| JOPLIN , Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University track and field teams are leading several events after Day One competition at the MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Joplin, Mo. |
Alisha Samuel (So., San Juan, Trinidad) had a huge day in the 60-meter dash semifinal for the women, breaking the meet record and taking first in the event with a time of 7.64 seconds. The time broke her own meet record of 7.69 seconds set at the 2003 MIAA Championships and lowered her provisional qualifying mark for nationals. Kailea Cook (Fr., Parkville, Mo.) took second in the 60-meter semifinals (7.77). Samuel also qualified for the women's 200-meter dash final with a time of 25.74 seconds.
Steph Suntken (Jr., Indianola, Iowa) was also a preliminary event winner, this time in the 800-meter dash. Her time of 2:14.91 won the event by over six seconds and lowered her provisional qualifying mark for nationals. Suntken also finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 6 inches.
Mary Wirt (Sr., Liberty, Mo.) increased her provisional qualifying mark for nationals with a third-place toss in the weight throw (53-3.50). Her previous best this season was 52-7.25, set at last week's CMSU Classic.
The women are currently in sixth place as a team with eight points.
The Bearcat men concluded a strong showing in Day One with a conference championship in the 4x800-meter relay. Brad Elliott (So., Mount Ayr, Iowa), Eric Isley (So., Pleasantville, Iowa), Kyle Keraus (Sr., Garner, Iowa) and A.J. Roth (Fr., Madison, Mo.) took first place in the relay with a time of 7:57.87.
Isley also led the men's 800-meter preliminary race with a time of 1:53.04, which lowered his provisional qualifying time of 1:53.51 set at the Nebraska Invitational earlier this season. Keraus and Elliot will join Isley in the 800-meter final with fourth and ninth-place preliminary times of 1:58.52 and 1:59.73, respectively.
Isaac Lopez (Fr., Parkville, Mo.) led the 600-yard run prelims with a first-place time of 1:13.38. In the 400-meter dash, Tyler Martin (Fr., Berndena, Kan.) and E.J. Falkner (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) will both head to tomorrow's finals with sixth and seventh-place times of 50.33 and 50.55, respectively.
Falkner also took second in the 200-meter dash prelim with a clocking of 21.95, followed by Gabriel Helms (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) in third (21.97). The reverse was true in the 60-meter dash, with Helms taking second (6.84) and Falkner taking third (6.91). Joel Terry (Sr., Grant City, Mo.) will compete in tomorrow's 60-meter hurdle final after a fourth-place semifinal time of 8.39.
On the field side, Daniel McKim (Jr., Maryville, Mo.) took second-place honors in the weight throw with a toss of 55-10.25. Anthony Jackson (Fr., Des Moines, Iowa) placed sixth in the long jump with a leap of 22-5.25.
The men are currently third as a team with 19 points.
The MIAA Championships continue in Joplin Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
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