Feb. 1, 2010
Churchman Wins Doane Pentathlon
CRETE, Neb.-Northwest Missouri State senior Emily Churchman won Doane College's Kip Janvrin Pentathlon Sunday with an NCAA provisional-qualifying total of 3,614 points - a career-best and the nation's fourth-best score to date.
Of 15 competitors, Churchman had the best score in three of the five events and the second-best score in the other two. She set personal records in the 800-meter run (2:27.95), 55-meter hurdles (8.63s) and an indoor personal mark in the high jump (5-feet-5-inches).
Churhman's score was nearly 500 points more than second-place Angela Selby of Central Missouri, who finished with 3,138 points. Northwest senior Johanna Avilez placed third (3,084) and teammate Lindsay Biermann took fifth (2,998). Freshman Bearcats Megan Davis and Adrienne Cornelius placed seventh and eighth, respectively.
Avilez set career-best marks in the 800-meter run (2:47.11), 55-meter hurdles (8.68s) and high jump (5-feet-3.75-inches). Her final tally of 3,084 was a season best.
In addition to the women, three Bearcat men competed in the heptathlon. Freshman Seth Staashelm set season-best marks in all seven events, won the 1,000-meter run and placed ninth of 21 competitors with 4,367 points. Senior Jacob Dupin and freshman Zeke Winans placed 14th and 19th, respectively. Both were hurt by receiving no points in the pole vault.
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