April 4, 2009
Northwest Sweeps Team Titles in Windy Home Meet
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State swept the men's and women's team titles and Emily Churchman claimed the individual women's title after a windy Jock's Nitch Northwest Open at Herschel Neil Track earlier today. The Bearcats won 20 of the 39 events today against athletes from Nebraska-Omaha, Truman, Dana and Iowa Western Community College.
Churchman won the long jump, finished second in the 100-meter hurdles and tied for second in the high jump to lead all female athletes with 25 points. She led the women to 208 team points, more than 20 points then second-place Truman.
Tierney Eaton won the high jump and provisionally qualified with 5-6 and beat out two teammates in the process. Audrey Bailey also provisionally qualified in the 400-meter hurdles with 1:01.37, which beat the previous meet record of 1:01.98 established in 2002, but it won't go into records books because of a second-place finish to Truman's Shaina Dochterman.
Bridget Kleine was a two-time champion in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes with 25.69 and 59.96, respectively. She finished third in the individual points competition with 20 points in her only two events of the day.
Kate Walter had a breakthrough day in the throws, where she improved her personal record in the hammer throw by nearly nine feet to win the title with 157-1. The sophomore moved into third in all-time program records while also competing in the javelin throw. She finished third in the javelin throw with 111-6 behind Bearcat champion Amy Hugunin.
Ben McKim won the shot put and provisionally qualified with a throw of 55-3 1/2. McKim was also the top collegiate athlete in the discus throw and finished second overall with 153-4.
Zane Myers finished second in the individual points race with 24 points. Myers won the 400-meter hurdles and finished second in the 110-meter hurdles behind indoor All-American Tyler Shaw, who won in 15.09 with a strong tailwind.
Up Next: Northwest will send athletes to three different meets next weekend, with multi-events athletes heading to Emporia State April 9-10. The Bearcat 10K runners will go to Des Moines, Iowa, April 10 for the Jim Duncan Invitational while the rest of the squad travels to the Nebraska Invitational April 11.
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