May 27, 2010
Walter Finishes Third in the Hammer Throw
CHARLOTTE, N.C.-Northwest Missouri State junior Kate Walter placed third in the hammer Thursday to earn All-America honors at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor National Championships hosted by Johnson C. Smith University.
It is the first All-America honor for Walter, who placed ninth in the event a year ago. It is also the highest finish by a female Northwest track and field athlete since Mary Wirt placed third in the discus in 2004.
Walter threw 181-feet-7-inches on her second attempt which put her in second place heading into finals. The mark held up until Grand Valley State's Liz Murphy threw an inch further on her final attempt to slide Walter to third. Amanda Madden of Northern State won the championship with a throw of 192-feet-7-inches.
Walter is the third Bearcat to earn All-America honors in the event, joining Wirt who placed sixth in 2004 and Julie Humphreys, who took eighth in 1997.
Churchman Sits 11th After Day One
Senior Emily Churchman stands in 11th place after four events of the heptathlon with 3,051 points. Angelo State's Aisha Adams leads with 3,548 points. Eighth-place Heather Miller of St. Cloud State has 3,146 points.
Churchman ran 14.63s in the 100-meter hurdles (891 pts), cleared 5-feet-4.5-inches in the high jump (783 pts), threw a career-best 35-feet-3-inches in the shot put (578 pts) and finished the 200-meter dash in a time of 25.98s (799 pts). The long jump, javelin and 800-meter run will complete the competition Friday.
Churchman competed in the long jump competition Thursday evening and placed 11th in the nation with a leap of 18-feet-7.75-inches. Lincoln's Racquel Anderson and Anna Kay Campbell finished first and second, respectively, though both reached 19-feet-11.5-inches. Churchman's third event, the high jump, is set to begin at 4:35 p.m. Saturday.
McKim Takes 15th in the Hammer Throw
Senior Ben McKim threw 174-feet-1-inch in the hammer throw and placed 15th overall. McKim entered as the 12th seed and held a season-best mark of 193-feet-2-inches. McKim is the defending national runner-up in the shot put, which he will compete in at 5 p.m. EDT Friday.
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