April 24, 2010
McKim Hits Three NCAA Marks at Baker
BALDWIN CITY, Kan.-Another Saturday, another stellar performance by Northwest Missouri State senior Ben McKim who hit three NCAA qualifying marks (two provisional, one automatic) while winning two events and placing second in a third Saturday at the Wildcat Open hosted by Baker University.
McKim threw a collegiate outdoor-best 59-feet-9-inches in winning the shot put. The distance is two inches shy of the throw he used to place fourth at the NCAA indoor national championship meet this past March. McKim, who has automatically qualified in the event, now holds the third-best throw in the nation.
McKim hit provisional marks in both the hammer throw (182-feet-2-inches) and the discus (160-feet-8-inches). He won the hammer throw, but finished second in the discus to teammate John Petroff, who threw 165-feet-3-inches - the 20th-best throw in the nation.
On the women's side, senior Emily Churchman leaped a career-best 19-feet-5.25-inches in the long jump. The distance is 1.75 inches shy of the program record and moves her into third on the school's all-time list in the event. Churchman's leap is seventh-best in the nation.
Teammate and fellow senior Johanna Avilez just missed a provisional mark in the 100-meter hurdles. Her career-best time of 14.57s is two one-hundredths shy of the qualifying mark. Avilez won the event and moved into a tie for third place with Hannah Henry on the program's all-time list.
The Bearcat women won nine individual titles at Baker. In addition to Avilez and Churchman, Courtney Jefferson won the 100-meter dash (12.85s) and Bridget Klein won both the 200- and 400-meter dashes with a career-best time of 25.67 in the 200 and a time of 58.07 in the 400.
Freshmen Lekiesha McKnight was also a two-event winner. She took the shot put title with a season-best throw of 42-feet-6.75-inches and the won the discus with a toss of 126-feet-6-inches.
Lindsay Biermann and Kate Walter broke Northwest records in the javelin and hammer throw, respectively, while winning both events. Biermann threw 140-feet-5-inches, a provisional mark that broke Amy Green's 23-year-old record. Walter broke her own mark in the hammer throw, adding three inches to her previous best of 177-feet.
Adding titles from the men were freshmen Kellen Schroeder and Jake Henry. Schroeder won the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 55.59s. Henry won the 3,000-meter run with at time of 9:05.48.
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