Feb. 28, 2004
Men Third, Women Sixth at MIAA Championships
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| JOPLIN , Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University men's track and field team finished third with 101 points while the women finished sixth with 40 points at the MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Joplin, Mo. Saturday. |
The men lost a close race, with Missouri Southern edging Central Missouri State 112-111 for the championship. Pittsburg State finished in fourth with 100 points.
The men did not have any individual champions on the day but did have several top three finishers. Gabriel Helms (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) took second place in both the 60 and 200-meter dashes. He ran a time of 6.87 seconds in the 60-meter and ran a facility record 21.67 seconds in the 200-meter.
E.J. Falkner (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) took third in the 60-meter (7.00) and fourth in the 200-meter (22.14), but came up with a big finish in the 400-meter dash. After finishing seventh in the preliminaries yesterday, Falkner came back to take second in the event with a national provisional qualifying time of 49.19 seconds. That time also broke a facility record.
The Bearcats placed three runners in the finals of the 800-meter run, led by Kyle Keraus (Sr., Garner, Iowa) with a time of 1:57.60. Brad Elliott (So., Mount Ayr, Iowa) took fifth (2:00.12) and Eric Isley finished eighth (2:03.38).
Joel Terry (Sr., Grant City, Mo.) moved up a place from yesterday's fourth place prelim finish to take third in the 60-meter hurdles (8.39). The 4x400-meter relay team also took third (3:21.10), which was run by Isley, Helms, Falkner and Tyler Martin (Fr., Berndena, Kan.).
In the field events, Daniel McKim (Jr., Maryville, Mo.) increased his provisional qualifying mark in the shot put with a second-place throw of 54 feet, 2.50 inches. Clif McIntosh (Fr., Conception Jct., Mo.) became a provisional qualifier in the pole vault with a fourth-place mark of 15-7.25. Pat Jordan (Jr., Maryville, Mo.) took second in the high jump with a mark of 6-8.25.
The women came home with two individual champions, led by Alisha Samuel's (So, San Juan, Trinidad) first-place finish in the 60-meter dash (7.66). Kailea Cook (Fr., Parkville, Mo.) finished in third place with a time of 7.84 seconds, which lowered her provisional qualifying time for nationals. Samuel also took fourth in the 200-meter dash (25.25).
Stephanie Suntken (Jr., Indianola, Iowa) also took an individual championship in the 800-meter run. Her time of 2:14.07 lowered her provisional qualifying mark for nationals.
Stacey Loemker (Fr., Beatrice, Neb.) performed well in the shot put for her first MIAA meet, taking seventh with a toss of 40-3.50.
The men and women now have a break until qualifiers for the national meet are announced. The Division II National Championships will take place March 12-13 in Boston, Mass.
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