May 3, 2010
Churchman Breaks Two Records, Takes Second at Multis
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State senior Emily Churchman placed second and earned All-MIAA honors in the heptathlon at the 2010 MIAA Multi-Events Championships hosted by Missouri Southern Sunday and Monday.
Churchman set personal bests in three of the seven events, including a school-record 19-feet-7.5-inch mark in the long jump. The leap bested April House's 2000 mark by half an inch. Churchman finished the heptathlon with 5,091 points, which breaks her own school record by 183 and ranks 10th in the nation.
Along with the records, Churchman's marks automatically qualify her for nationals in both the long jump and heptathlon. She also has a provisional mark in the high jump that ranks 11th nationally.
A total of six Bearcats - four women and two men - competed in the multi-events. Central Missouri swept the top spot as Lindsay Lettow won the heptathlon with 5,167 points and Darius Walker won the decathlon with 7,041 points.
Northwest senior Johanna Avilez set career-best marks in three events and season-bests in two others to finish in fifth place with 4,550 points - fourth-best in program history. She ran 14.41s in the 100-meter hurdles, a provisional qualifying mark that ranks third in program history. Avilez's 800-meter run time of 2:35.70 beat her personal best by nearly three seconds.
Senior Lindsay Biermann set either a season-best or personal-best in all events except her best event in the javelin. Biermann finished in seventh place with 4,453 points, the fifth-best total in school history.
On the men's side, Northwest freshmen Seth Staashelm and Zeke Winans finished seventh and 11th, respectively. Staashelm was in eighth place and trailed Fort Hays State's Ramin Zangeneh by 307 points heading into the final event - the 1,500-meter run. Staashelm beat all 12 competitors with a personal-best time of 4:20.88, good for 806 points in the event and 460 points better than Zangeneh to move into seventh place.
The multi-event championships are a precursor to the 2010 MIAA Outdoor Championships, which will take place Saturday and Sunday in Pittsburg, Kan. Northwest's women will take 14 team points into the weekend as a result of the heptathlon placings while Staashelm earned two points for the Bearcat men.
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