March 1, 2008
Wright Wins Third Long Jump Title; Lewis Named MIAA Women's Freshman of the Year
JOPLIN, Mo. - Kendall Wright jumped 23-8.25 in the long jump, winning the event for the third straight season at the MIAA Indoor Championships that ended today at Missouri Southern. Wright is the first Bearcat to win an MIAA indoor event three straight years since Jim Ryan did so in the mile run from 1982-84.
The Bearcat men finished sixth with 46.5 points, a half-point from fifth-place Fort Hays State. The Northwest women tallied 40 points to finish sixth.
Sheldon Cook placed second in the long jump behind Wright, jumping 22-9. He also picked up All-MIAA honors by finishing fifth in the 200-meter dash with 22.26. E.J. Falkner finished a spot ahead of Cook in the 200-meter dash and placed third in the 60-meter dash.
Rachel Lewis picked up two All-MIAA honors, finishing second in the 60-meter dash and fifth in the 200-meter dash. Her 10 points earned her Freshman of the Year.
Anna O'Brien and Bridget Kleine were the only other Bearcat women to finish second in their events, the mile run and 400-meter dash respectively.
Also earning All-MIAA honors were Audrey Bailey (600-yard run), Kailea Cook (60-meter dash), Hannah Henry (60-meter hurdles), Halley Carlson (high jump), Jimmy Griesbach (600-yard run), Ron Purnell (400-meter dash), John Miles (60-meter dash), T.R. Pursell (mile run), Jacob Dupin (high jump) and Eric Rickert (shot put).
Up Next: Falkner is the only athlete for either team to have a guaranteed spot at the NCAA Championships March 14-15 at Minnesota State, Mankato. Athletes who have provisionally qualified (John Miles, Rachel Lewis, Sheldon Cook, Kendall Wright, Halley Carlson) will await decisions from the NCAA on if their marks will be enough to advance.
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