March 28, 2010
Churchman Breaks Northwest's Heptathlon Record
MARYILLE, Mo.-It was only a matter of time before Northwest Missouri State senior Emily Churchman held both Bearcat multi-events records. Sunday, Churchman won Northwest's Ashley Nally Heptathlon with a score 4,908 points, breaking the program record of 4,839 points set by high school teammate Brandi Honeywell in 2007.
Churchman provisionally qualified for the outdoor national championship meet two weeks after earning All-America honors in the pentathlon at the 2010 indoor national championship meet. Churchman now holds the program records in both events.
Churchman's point total is the third-highest in the nation. She also provisionally qualified in the long jump following a career-best leap of 18-feet-9.75-inches. That's the sixth-best jump in the nation thus far and ranks fifth Northwest's all-time list.
Churchman's teammate Johanna Avilez finished second in the heptathlon with a career-best score of 4,344 points. Avilez won the 100-meter hurdles event with a time of 14.80s and had leaped 17-feet-11.5-inches in the long jump, a personal best.
Brad Koschel, husband of Northwest assistant coach Tessa Koschel and an All-American decathlete in his collegiate career at Western State College, competed unattached and won the Herschel Neil Decathlon with 6,393 points. Northwest freshman Seth Staashelm, competing in his first collegiate decathlon, placed second with 5,667 points.
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