April 30, 2010
Northwest, Seniors Celebrate at Bearcat Open
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Eleven Northwest Missouri State Bearcats claimed championships in 12 events as Herschel Neil Track hosted the 2010 Bearcat Open Friday.
Among the winners were senior Ben McKim and sophomore Brittany Poole who broke their own school records in the hammer throw and 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively. McKim threw 186-feet-3-inches in the hammer, good for 17th in the nation and bettering his previous mark by 10 inches. Poole finished the steeplechase in 11:18.70, her first NCAA provisional mark, and an improvement of nearly 10 seconds on her record.
McKim finished second in the hammer, but won the shot put and placed fourth in the discus. He hit NCAA provisional marks in all three events.
Head coach Scott Lorek celebrated 13 seniors, who have competed in their final home event. The seniors received watches and were honored near midfield prior to the meet's first relay.
In addition to McKim, seniors Johanna Avilez and Lindsay Biermann claimed event crowns. Avilez won a personal-best 14.45s in the 100-meter hurdles, an NCAA provisional mark that ranks 29th in the nation and is third on Northwest's all-time list. Biermann threw 137-feet-5-inches in the javelin, a provisional mark that's just shy of her season best.
Sophomore Tyler Shaw didn't win the 110-meter hurdles, but ran a season-best 14.47s, his first NCAA provisional mark in an event he placed fourth in at nationals last season. Shaw's time is currently 10th best in Division II.
Sophomore Angela Adams won the 5,000-meter run with a provisional time of 17:08.25, which is less than three seconds of her program record in the event. Junior Kate Walter hit a provisional mark in the hammer throw and placed third with a throw of 169-feet-6-inches.
Junior Bridget Klein was Northwest's two-event winner after claiming titles in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Her 200 time of 25.32 is a personal-best and ranks fifth on the Bearcats' all-time list. Klein ranks second on Northwest's 400-meter list with time of 56.25s, but needed 57.92s to win Friday.
Junior Chelsea Dailey won the long jump (17-feet-11.5-inches), junior Kayli Hrdlicka won the 1,500-meter run (career-best 4:47.95) and sophomore Heidi Johnson won the 800-mter run (career-best 2:23.31). On the men's side, sophomore T.R. Pursell won the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:40.83) and freshman Zach Layton won the 3,000-meter run (8:42.76).
Freshman John Petroff threw personal-bests to improve on NCAA provisional marks in both the discus and shot put and placed second in both events. He threw the discus 167-feet-1-inch, good for 21st in the nation and heaved the shot 53-feet-1.75-inches, good for 26th in the nation.
Adding to the men's success in the throws was junior Austin Gray who placed third in the hammer throw with a career-best toss of 180-feet. Gray's mark ranks 28th in the nation and fourth in program history. Gray also placed sixth in the shot and ninth in the discus Friday.
The meet is Northwest's final tune-up prior to the MIAA championships which begin Sunday. The heptathlon and decathlon will take place May 2-3 in Joplin, Mo. All other events will take place May 8-9 in Pittsburg, Kan.
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