April 3, 2010
Two Records Fall at Northwest Open
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State sophomores Angela Adams and Brittany Poole set program records in the 5,000-meter run and 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively, as the Bearcats hosted the Northwest Open Saturday on the Herschel Neil Track.
The meet featured seven teams, including MIAA foes Nebraska-Omaha and Truman. Northwest's men's and women's teams combined to win 19 events to capture the crowns.
Poole set the pace early in the day by besting the steeplechase record by 25 seconds. Poole finished in 11:28.34, moving Dia McKee off the top spot for the first time since 2006.
Adams' feat came in the final individual event of the meet. Adams lapped the field in winning by nearly two minutes. Her time of 17:19.21 broke the 33-year-old record held by Ann Kimm, who ran 17:26.54 in 1977. It's the third school record set by Adams, who set records in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs during the indoor season.
Adams is one of six Bearcats who reached NCAA provisional qualifying marks Saturday. Senior Ben McKim qualified in three events and set personal best marks in two of them. McKim threw 161-feet-6-inches in the discus and 180-feet-7-inches in the hammer to set personal bests. He also threw 55-feet-11.25-inches in the shot put, which is the fifth-best mark in the nation.
In addition to Adams on the women's side, junior Kate Walter qualified in the hammer throw and senior Lindsay Biermann qualified in the javelin. Walter won the hammer with a throw of 168-feet-2-inches. Biermann won the javelin with a personal-best throw of 135-feet-9-inches - the third-best mark in program history.
Senior Emily Churchman improved on last week's qualifying mark in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 19-feet-1.25-inches Saturday. Churchman is the fourth Northwest student-athlete to reach 19 feet in the event. She holds the fifth-best mark in the nation.
Junior Eric Rickert joined McKim in qualifying in the shot put. Rickert threw 52-feet-3.25-inches, which is less than two feet shy of his personal best.
Several Northwest student-athletes turned in personal-best performances to move onto the program's top 10 list. Junior Kayli Hrdlicka's time of 4:51.27 in the 1,500-meter run is sixth in program history. Churchman's time of 14.91s in the 110-meter hurdles ranks seventh. Freshman Lekiesha McKnight's throw of 42-feet-0.5-inches in the shot put ranks eighth. Senior Brandi Honeywell's time of 1:05.39 in the 400-meter hurdles ranks ninth. Freshman Will Haer cleared 15-feet-6.25-inches in the pole vault, which also ranks ninth.
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