March 1, 2009
Two Records Fall on Final Day of MIAA Championships
WARRENSBURG, Mo. - Alissa Miller ran one minutes, 27.61 seconds in the 600-yard run and Hannah Henry finished the 60-meter hurdles in 8.92 to lead the Northwest Missouri State women to a seventh-place finish in the MIAA Indoor Championships.
The Bearcat men also finished seventh with 30 points behind All-MIAA performances from John Miles and Kevin Okonta today in the sprints.
Ten athletes earned All-MIAA honors during the championships, an honor that was more difficult to attain this season since athletes had to finish in the top three of events, not in the top six. Five Bearcats also improved or reached NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the last three days.
After he fouled on two of his three attempts in the triple jump yesterday, Martin Curley bounced back and used his first attempt in the long jump of 21-9 1/2 to qualify for the eight-person final. A career-best jump of 22-7 on his first attempt of the final tied him with Missouri Southern's Phillip Horn for fifth, and a jump of 22-3 on his final attempt provided the tiebreaker for Curley and the first points of the day for the Northwest men.
Halley Carlson needed three attempts at 5-4 1/4 in the high jump before clearing 5-5 1/4 on her first attempt in a third-place finish in the high jump. Emily Churchman cleared 5-4 1/4, a career-best, in a fifth-place finish. Churchman also finished fifth in the long jump with a career-best 17-7.
Hannah Henry put herself back into national championship contention in the 60-meter hurdles. She finished third to earn all-conference honors and lowered her own school record by four-hundredths of a second.
In the next race, the men's 60-meter dash, John Miles earned All-MIAA honors with his second straight 6.88 performance. Miles finished third as half of the runners in the finals reached the NCAA provisional mark.
Alissa Miller led the pack during the first two laps of the 600-yard run and finished third overall with the women's fourth broken record of the weekend. The sophomore lowered her 600-yard time by more than two seconds during the preliminaries and finals this weekend.
Clay Martin cut eight seconds off his 3,000-meter time with 8:49.51. He finished second in his heat after running fourth through most of the race.
Okonta and Miles finished 1-2 in the first heat of the 200-meter dash, but two NCAA qualifiers from the second heat moved ahead of the Bearcats and only Okonta was able to earn All-MIAA honors. Okonta ran a career-best 22.39 and moved into ninth in all-time performer records.
The women's 4x440-yard relay team of Henry, Miller, Audrey Bailey and Bridget Kleine was the second-ranked team coming into today, but after the first two handoffs, the Bearcats were fifth of the five teams in their heat. Miller and Kleine provided strong runs in the final two legs and Northwest held up to their ranking with a second-place finish in 4:01.06.
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