April 17, 2009
McKim Guarantees Spot for NCAA Championships
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Ben McKim officially punched his ticket to the NCAA outdoor championships with an automatic qualifying mark of 58 feet, three inches, to win the shot put in the third day of the 81st Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan. McKim threw the distance in his final attempt of the preliminaries and defeated runner-up Sean Pruitt of Michigan by more than three feet.
McKim moved past brother Daniel and into fourth in program records. Ben now sits behind the Woolsey brothers (Conrad and Tucker) and 2006 national champion Clint Prange.
Audrey Bailey and Bridget Kleine also both advanced to the finals of their respective events today. Bailey ran the second-fastest time in the preliminaries of the 400-meter hurdles with one minute, 1.25 seconds. She will face four Division I athletes in the eight-athlete finals, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Kleine will be the only Division II athlete in the finals of the 400-meter dash after running 56.80 seconds earlier today. Kleine reached the NCAA provisional qualifying mark for the second straight weekend and will have a chance to improve that mark at 3:10 p.m. Saturday.
Three more Bearcats earned provisional qualifying marks at the Central Missouri Mule Relays. Kate Walter finished fourth in the hammer throw and recorded the third-best throw in program history with 168-3. Tyler Shaw won the 110-meter hurdles with 14.59, good for sixth in program records, and Martin Curley finished second in the triple jump with 46-5 3/4, good for ninth in program history.
Halley Carlson also won the high jump, but didn't provisionally qualify, with 5-3 ¾. Tommy Warren and Jimmy Griesbach finished second and third, respectively, in the 400-meter dash and Martell Love took fourth in the triple jump with 45-3 ½.
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