May 9, 2010
Three Runners-Up Help Northwest Place Fifth
PITTSBURG, Kan.-Northwest Missouri State senior Ben McKim and sophomores Tyler Shaw and T.R. Pursell turned in second-place finishes to help lead the Bearcats to a fifth-place finish at the 2010 MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Pittsburg State University Saturday and Sunday.
Freshman Will Haer made it four Bearcats who turned in All-MIAA performances. Together, Haer, McKim, Shaw and Pursell accounted for 42 of the team's 63.5 points earned in individual events. McKim scored in three events, earned All-MIAA honors in two, and led Northwest with 17 points.
Central Missouri claimed its fifth consecutive MIAA outdoor crown with 190 points. Pittsburg State was second with 172 points. Emporia State (141) and Missouri Southern (128.5) took third and fourth, respectively, while Northwest finished with 70.5 points.
McKim placed second in the shot put (59-feet-0.75-inches), third in the hammer (193-feet-2-inches) and sixth in the discus (162-feet-10-inches), while setting personal bests in the latter two. His hammer throw mark topped his previous school record in the event by nearly seven feet. It's also an NCAA provisional mark that ranks 12th in the nation.
Shaw all but clinched a spot at the national meet with his second-place performance in the 110-meter hurdles. Shaw ran a season-best 14.18s, one tenth slower than winner Jeremy Jackson from Pittsburg State and three one-hundredths behind the NCAA's automatic qualifying mark of 14.15s. Shaw now ranks fourth nationally in the hurdles.
Pursell improved his time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and finished with the fourth-fastest time in program history. He crossed in 9:13.50, an NCAA provisional mark and good for second place behind Tim Testa of Pittsburg State who ran 9:11.17. It's the first outdoor All-MIAA honor for Pursell.
Haer cleared 15-feet-10-inches in the pole vault for the first time in his collegiate career and placed third in the event with the seventh-best vault in program history. Haer needed all three tries to clear 15-feet-6.25-inches, but topped his final height on try number two. Emporia State's Zach Rosenberger won the event with a vault of 16-feet-6-inches.
Earning fourth-place finishes were freshman Travis Manning and junior Eric Rickert. Manning ran a personal-best 14.83s in the finals of the 110-meter hurdles. Rickert threw a personal-best 53-feet-8.25 in the shot put. Both performances rank ninth on Northwest's all-time lists.
Freshman John Petroff scored points in both events he competed in. He finished seventh in the discus with a throw of 160-feet-1-inch and took eighth in the shot put with an NCAA provisional mark of 53-feet-0.25-inches.
Notes: Northwest's 400-meter relay teams and 1,600-meter relay teams placed fifth and sixth, respectively … Shaw placed sixth in the 200-meter dash to go with his second-place finish in the hurdles … senior John Miles took sixth in the 100-meter dash (10.77s) … freshmen Jake Henry (3,000-meter steeplechase) and Kemper Kellerstrass (pole vault) had seventh-place finishes
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