Feb. 27, 2009
Churchman Finishes Second in Inaugural MIAA Pentathlon
WARRENSBURG, Mo. - Emily Churchman tied for first in the high jump and never finished lower than fourth in any event to earn All-MIAA pentathlon honors in the first day of the 2009 MIAA Indoor Championships at the Central Missouri Multipurpose Building. Churchman improved her NCAA provisional mark by more than 150 points to 3,541 in the MIAA's inaugural pentathlon.
Churchman finished second in the overall field of 12 athletes and set or matched career bests in all five events. Johanna Avilez finished fifth with an NCAA qualifying mark of 3,113 points and set new personal bests in the shot put and 800-meter run. Anne Carlson, who is a two-time MIAA outdoor heptathlon champion, won the pentathlon with 3,744 points.
Jacob Dupin is sixth in the 12-athlete field of the heptathlon with 2,680 points after four events. He tied for second in the high jump with 6-6 and finished third in the long jump with 21-6 to set new career bests in both events. Zane Myers set career bests in two of his four events today to score 2,590 points. He starts tomorrow eighth in point standings.
Darius Walker of Central Missouri is leading the field with 3,015 points after winning the 60-meter dash and long jump.
Dupin and Myers continue the heptathlon's three remaining events tomorrow at 10 a.m., starting with the 60-meter hurdles. The rest of the team travels tomorrow morning for the first round of field events at 2:30 p.m. Preliminaries for running events start at 4:30 p.m.
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