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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Feb. 28, 2009

Royeton Breaks Pole Vault Record in Day 2 of MIAA Championships

Heptathletes provisionally qualify for national championships

Melanie Royeton Jacob Dupin Zane Myers
Melanie Royeton Jacob Dupin Zane Myers

Women's Results | Men's Results | Day 1 Blog

WARRENSBURG, Mo. - Melanie Royeton broke the program pole vault record and Ben McKim threw past the provisional shot put mark as both earned All-MIAA honors in the second day of the MIAA Indoor Championships at the Central Missouri Multipurpose Building.

Royeton bested her personal mark of 10-11 3/4 three times before being stopped at 12-4 3/4. She topped the previous program record of 11-11 3/4 set by Jenny Simmons in 2003 with 12-0 3/4 and finished second today to Missouri Southern's Ciara Lipsey.

McKim threw past the provisional qualifying mark in the shot put in all three of his preliminary attempts and finished third overall with 55-4 1/4. It was his first career All-MIAA honor in the indoor shot put and his sixth meet this season in which he reached the NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

Jacob Dupin and Zane Myers reached NCAA provisional marks in the heptathlon with 4,529 and 4,510 points, respectively. Dupin recorded career bests in both the pole vault and 1,000-meter run to offset Myers' career-matching 8.76 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles.

Audrey Bailey lowered her personal best in the 400-meter dash by nearly a second to 58.56 to advance to the finals. She ran the third-fastest time in program history and moved ahead of Bridget Kleine in the all-time lists. Keline ran 58.79 last season but only managed 59.81 today.

Ron Purnell will join Bailey on the men's side after running 51.22 to claim the eighth spot for Sunday's final. John Miles and Kevin Okonta both ran into the finals of the 200-meter dash and Miles earned a spot in the 60-meter dash with 6.88.

Tyler Shaw and Hannah Henry will both represent Northwest in the 60-meter hurdles. Shaw had the second-fastest time in the preliminaries with 8.22 while Henry tied for the third-fastest time with 9.08.

Alissa Miller rounded out the Bearcat finalists with a 1:29.23 to win her heat of the 600-yard run.

Competition Sunday begins at noon with the remaining field events. Running events start at 2 p.m. with the men's mile.

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