May 4, 2008
Central Missouri Wins Third Title in a Row; Seventh in Eight Years
MARYVILLE, Mo.-The Central Missouri men's track and field team repeated as MIAA outdoor champions for the third year in a row and won its seventh outdoor championship in eight years by besting seven teams Sunday at the Herschel Neil Track on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University.
The Mules won eight of the meet's 21 events and finished with a team total of 174.5 points. No other team won more than three events. Pittsburg State finished second with 135.5 points. Emporia State topped Fort Hays State by half a point for third place at 119 points.
Central Missouri was led in scoring by Damond Berry and Dan Raithel, who combined for 38.5 points.
Berry ran the same stadium-record time he posted in Saturday's prelims to win Sunday's final of the 100-meter dash. He also ran the second leg of the Mules' champion 400-meter relay team. Raithel won the hammer throw and finished second in the discus.
Jaban Moore (15 pts) and Eric Moore (14.5 pts) also contributed to the Mules' total. Jaban won the shot put and took fourth place in the hammer throw. Eric won the long jump and took the baton from Berry to complete the third leg of Central's 400-meter relay team.
Fort Hays State junior Bryan Haynes was the meet's high-scorer, besting Berry by a quarter of a point. Haynes won the 200-meter dash, took second in the 100-meter dash and competed on both Tiger relays to total 20.75 points.
Haynes is the second Tiger to capture the individual points crown. Teammate Brady Maska won the title a year ago.
Emporia State's Josh Honeycutt won the inaugural Freshman High-Points Award. He won the triple jump with a provisional-qualifying leap of 50 feet, 2 inches Saturday. Honeycutt went on to place fourth in Sunday's long jump and totaled 15 points, which placed him in a tie for eighth place in the overall race.
Central Missouri swept both the 400- and 1,600-meter relays. It's the fifth straight title for the Mules in the 400-meter relay and its ninth win in the last 11 years. The team of Dannon Abney, Berry, Moore and Chris Leverette tied the meet and stadium record with a time of 40.80s.
The 1,600-meter relay team of Abney, Kyle Brown, Britt Johnson and Kai Roper brought home Central's fifth straight victory in the event, posting a time of 3:14.57.
Earlier in the day, Roper earned back-to-back titles in the 400-meter dash, running a provisional-qualifying time of 47.44s.
Other Items of Note:
• Pittsburg State's Mujahid Hassaballa bested two former MIAA champions to capture the 1,500-meter run. Jeremy Dunkle earned the Gorillas' second title in the meet's next race by winning the 110-meter hurdles.
• Truman's Sean Bergstedt won his third straight championship in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.36. His preliminary time of 51.02 ran Saturday was a new stadium record.
• Missouri Southern's Russell Ellis defended his 2007 title in the pole vault. Ellis cleared 16 feet, 3.25 inches to win the crown. The Lions placed five in the top seven in the pole vault to earn 26 points.
• Fort Hays State swept the top four places of the Javelin. Garett Edgar won it for the Tigers with a toss of 191 feet, 3 inches.
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