May 9, 2010
Walter Crowned MIAA Hammer Throw Champion
PITTSBURG, Kan.-Northwest Missouri State junior Kate Walter, senior Johanna Avilez and sophomore Angela Adams turned in all-conference performances to lead the Bearcats to a sixth-place finish at the 2010 MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Pittsburg State University Saturday and Sunday.
That trio, along with senior Emily Churchman, combined to account for 57 of Northwest's 74 points earned in individual events throughout the championships. Walter and Churchman tied for high score with 17 points each.
Missouri Southern claimed its third consecutive MIAA outdoor crown with 151 points. Central Missouri was a distant second with 117.5 points. Northwest's 80 team points were 13 shy of fourth-place Truman.
Walter became the program's first-ever MIAA hammer throw champion. Walter won the event with an NCAA automatic qualifying toss of 183-feet-8-inches, which broke her own school record by six feet and ranks seventh nationally. Missouri Southern's Emilie Mieseler finished second in the event with 177-feet-1-inch.
Walter competed in four events during the weekend and scored points in three of them. She placed fourth in the discus (136-feet-1-inch), seventh in the javelin (personal-best 121-feet-6-inches) and 13th in the shot put (39-feet-5.75-inches).
Avilez was the league's runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles after running 14.42s in both the prelims and finals. Missouri Southern's Channell Lloyd won the event with a time of 14.09s.
Adams earned All-MIAA honors for placing third in the 5,000-meter run. She also placed fourth in the 1,500-meter run. Her time of 17:03.98 in the 5,000 was a personal-best and an NCAA provisional mark that ranks 27th in the nation.
Churchman competed in three events during the weekend after placing second in the heptathlon last Monday. She finished fourth in the high jump with a height of 5-feet-6-inches and fifth in the long jump with a leap of 18-feet-10.75. She placed ninth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.74s).
Northwest's 1600-meter relay team earned All-MIAA honors. Relay members Brandi Honeywell, Churchman, Michaela Chambers and Jessica Hugo teamed to place third with a time of 3:57.05.
Northwest's 400-meter relay team was not as successful. Seeded fourth heading into the championships, the Bearcats were disqualified and failed to score any points. The team also missed out on guaranteed points when junior Bridget Klein couldn't compete in Sunday's finals due to injury. One day prior, Klein had finished fifth in the prelims of the 400-meter dash and seventh in the prelims of the 200.
Notes: Junior Kayli Hrdlicka ran the fourth-fastest 1,500-meter time in program history and placed eighth in the event by finishing in 4:40.18 … junior Madison Marshman ran the sixth-fastest 10,000-meter run time in program history and placed seventh in the event (38:46.04) … senior Lindsay Biermann placed fourth in the javelin (136-feet-2-inches) … freshman Lekiesha McKnight took seventh place in both the shot put and discus
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