May 4, 2008
Missouri Southern Wins First Title; Captures Triple Crown
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Missouri Southern's women's track and field team captured its first MIAA outdoor championship Sunday at Herschel Neil Track on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University.
The Lions' 193 points bested defending champion Central Missouri's second-place total of 152.5. Emporia State finished third in the women's race with a total of 149.
Missouri Southern swept the "Triple Crown" of racing this academic year, sweeping the MIAA cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field championships.
The Lions won seven of 22 events and were led in points by sophomore Kimi Shank, who won the 10,000-meter run and took second in the 5,000-meter run en route to 23 points. Senior Jessica Selby-Tallman won the hammer throw and shot put to tally 20 points.
Selby-Tallman became a four-time winner of the shot put and broke the stadium record with an automatic-qualifying heave of 49 feet, 11.25 inches.
The high-scorer on the women's side was Emporia State senior Jonel Rossbach, who earned the title for the second year in a row. Rossbach won four races - the 5,000-, 3,000-, 1,500- and 800-meter runs - to score 40 points, more than a third of the Hornets' team total.
Rossbach set a new facility record with a time of 2:12.96 in the 800-meter race. She defended her 2007 crowns in both the 5,000- and 3,000-meter runs.
Teammate Brooke Kent and Truman senior Christen Lauer finished second and third in the individual points race, respectively. They were the only two athletes in the meet to earn all-MIAA honors in five events. Kent swept the two sprints and totaled 35.5 points. Lauer won the triple jump en route to 30.5 points.
Central Missouri's Jenna Schmidt captured the inaugural Freshman High-Points Award. Schmidt placed third in the heptathlon and fourth in the high jump and triple jump for 16 points. She tied for 13th in the overall point's race.
Other Items of Note:
• Missouri Southern's Kara Eckard set a new MIAA and stadium record by winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase with an automatic-qualifying time of 10:49.13. Eckard broke the previous record set by Central Missouri's Kristin Anderson by more than four seconds.
• Central Missouri's 400-meter relay team successfully defended its 2007 crown. The quarter of Chelsea Luck, Nikki Morris, Elise Johnson and Evelise Gomez ran a provional-qualifying time of 47.33, finishing four one-hundredths of a second ahead of Truman's team.
• Emporia State's Jaclyn Sill defended her 2007 title in the 400-meter dash, finishing with a provisional-qualifying time of 56.33s.
• Missouri Southern's Jill Week won the javelin with an automatic-qualifying throw of 151 feet, 4 inches.
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