March 20, 2010
Track Opens Outdoor Season in a Winter Storm
TULSA, Okla.-Captain Cane, the mascot for the University of Tulsa, is ranked by some as one of the worst mascots in collegiate athletics. A human superhero with the ability to summon weather, Captain Cane dialed up a winter storm for Saturday's Tulsa Duels, the first outdoor track and field meet of the season.
Competitors competed in three inches of snow and with a wind-chill hovering near 20 degrees. If that wasn't enough, Cane summoned 30 mile per hour wind gusts.
Northwest Missouri State sent several student-athletes to compete, but few were able to due to the conditions. Scheduled for 20 events in all, the meet was shortened to five field events and five running events.
It was the first collegiate outdoor meet for Bearcat freshman Sean Feehan, who bested a field of 33 to win the 1,500-meter race. He finished in a time of 4:16.14, six seconds ahead of teammate Derek Roberts and nine seconds faster than fellow frosh Jake Henry.
Eric Rickerts placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 115-feet-10-inches. Zane Myers threw a personal-best 100-feet-10-inches in the event.
Northwest saw five women and two men compete in the javelin. Lindsay Biermann placed fifth on the women's side with a toss of 112-feet-1-inch. Myers threw 111-feet-10-inches to pace the men.
Lekiesha McKnight placed second in the women's discus with a mark of 112-feet-1-inch. Kayli Hrdlicka competed in the women's 1,500-meter run and finished in a time of 5:14.36.
Northwest will host the Herschel Neil Decathlon and Ashley Nally Heptathlon on the Bearcat campus next weekend. The Northwest Opens follows on April 3.
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