April 10, 2010
McKim Breaks Northwest Hammer Throw Record
LINCOLN, Neb.-Northwest Missouri State senior Ben McKim broke the program's hammer throw record Saturday after throwing the weight 185-feet-5-inches at the Nebraska Invitational. McKim's mark is five inches greater than Travis MacKenzie's thrown in 2006. It's the first program record for McKim, who now ranks in the top three in two indoor and two outdoor events on Northwest lists.
McKim competed in three events during the Invitational and set NCAA provisional-qualifying marks in two of them. His hammer throw is third best in the MIAA and ranks 11th nationally. He also threw 55-feet-2-inches in the shot put, a provisional mark. McKim placed third in the hammer, sixth in the shot put and seventh in the discus at a meet that included a number of Division I student-athletes.
Sophomore distance runner Angela Adams was within one second of breaking her second Northwest record in as many weeks. Adams ran 1,500 meters in 4:37.65, an NCAA provisional mark, that's just shy of Anna O'Brien's program record set a year ago. Adams finished fourth in the race and has the second-best time in the MIAA this season.
Senior Emily Churchman won both the high jump and the long jump. She tied her personal best by reaching 5-feet-7-inches in the high jump, a provisional qualifying mark that ranks 11th in the nation. It's the third event Churchman has provisionally qualified for this season, a list that includes the long jump and heptathlon.
Churchman reached 18-feet-7-inches in the long jump a week after eclipsing 19 feet in the Bearcats' home meet. Junior Chelsie Dailey finished second in the event with a personal-best leap of 18-feet-1.5-inches.
Junior Kate Walter, who placed ninth in the hammer throw at last year's NCAA meet, placed fourth in the event Saturday with a provisional-qualifying throw of 170-feet-4-inches. Walter threw a program-record 177 feet at last season's NCAA meet.
Three Northwest women either entered or moved up on one of Northwest's top 10 lists for their performances at Nebraska. Junior Kayli Hrdlicka's 1,500-meter time of 4:48.84 is fifth-best in program history. Senior Brandi Honeywell's 400-meter hurdle time of 1:04.97 is seventh-best. Freshman Lekiesha McKnight's discus throw of 132-feet-9-inches is ninth-best all-time.
Northwest's men's 400-meter relay team was three one-hundredths shy of an NCAA provisional mark. Kohlman Adema-Schulte, Kevin Okonta, Tyler Shaw and John Miles finished in third place with a time of 41.38s. The NCAA mark is 41.35.
On deck for the Bearcats this week is the Kansas Relays in Lawrence beginning Thursday and running through Sunday. The Central Missouri Relays in Warrensburg takes place Friday.
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