April 16, 2004
Tracksters Split Weekend Meets at KU and Doane
Kansas University Relays
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Several members of the Northwest Missouri State University track and field teams got an early start to the weekend at the KU Relays in Lawrence, Kan., Thursday-Saturday, while others picked up competition at the Doane Relays in Crete, Neb., Friday and Saturday.
For the men, Daniel McKim (Jr., Maryville, Mo.) took eighth place in the hammer throw at KU Thursday with a toss of 168 feet, 3 inches. In the women's portion of the event, Mary Wirt (Sr., Liberty, Mo.) finished in 11th place with a mark of 159-7, which increased her provisional qualifying mark of 156-6.5 set at the Northwest Invitational.
Friday's KU action saw the women's 100-meter dash preliminaries, where Alisha Samuel (So., San Juan, Trinidad) took ninth in a time of 12.15 seconds to miss qualifying for the finals. On Saturday, Wirt came back to compete in the discus and took fourth with a toss of 146-4.
At the Doane Relays, McKim returned to the ring in the shot put and discus, taking second and fourth, respectively, with season-best throws. His marks of 54-6 in the shot put and 160-9 in the discus increased his provisional qualifying marks for nationals. Travis Brownley (Fr., Carrollton, Mo.) trailed McKim in ninth place in the shot put (48-10.75).
The Bearcats took several second-place finishes in the other field events, including Pat Jordan (Jr., Maryville, Mo.) in the high jump (6-8), Clif McIntosh in the pole vault (14-11) and Diezeas Calbert (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) in the triple jump (47-0).
On the track, Jamison Phillips (Sr., Chesterfield, Mo.) won the 3000-meter steeplechase (9:51.20) while Laz Marquart (Fr., Ste. Genevieve, Mo.) finished fifth (11:03.40). E.J. Falkner also took home a championship in the 400-meter dash (47.88), a time that provisionally qualified him for the national meet.
Gabriel Helms (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) finished second in the 100-meter dash (10.77), followed by Jamaica Rector (So., Celeste, Texas) in sixth (11.06). Joel Terry took second in the 110-meter hurdles (14.87) and sixth in the 400-meter hurdles (55.92).
The women competed at Doane without the help of Samuel, Wirt, Kailea Cook (Fr., Parkville, Mo.) and Megan Robinson (Fr., Overland Park, Kan.), who all ran at KU. In the middle distances, Dia McKee (So., O'Fallon, Mo.) finished fifth in the 800-meter run (2:27.14), and Betsy Lee (Jr., Lawrence, Kan.) took seventh in the 1500-meter run (5:03.18). Julie Toebben (So., Vichy, Mo.) finished fifth in the 5000-meter run (20:52.78).
In the field events, Bridget Shields took seventh in the pole vault (10-4)and Katie Scherer (So., Centerview, Mo.) finished ninth in the shot put (40-11).
Bearcat track and field action continues April 23-24 at the UMKC Invitational, while a handful of athletes will compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
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