Dec. 11, 2010
Indoor track season opens at Iowa State
AMES, Iowa-Northwest Missouri State's men's and women's track and field teams opened their 2010-11 seasons by competing at the Holiday Preview hosted by Iowa State Friday at the Leid Recreation Center.
The meet attracted a number of athletic programs from all divisions of the NCAA. Several NAIA programs elected to compete as well. Northwest, Truman and MIAA newcomer Lincoln represented the conference.
Senior Kate Walter became the first Bearcat to provisionally qualify for the national championship meet. Walter threw 53-feet-1-inch in placing fifth in the weight throw. Walter threw more than 55 feet in the event a year ago and holds the third-best mark in program history.
Junior Austin Gray placed fourth in the same event on the men's side. He threw a personal-best 54-feet-2-inches, moving him into sixth place on the Bearcats' all-time list.
Sophomore Porter Groves and junior Brittany Poole were the highest place finishers for Northwest. Groves took third in the long jump with a leap of 21-feet-0.5-inches. He also placed fourth in the triple jump after reaching 42-feet-8.75-inches. Poole took third in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 11:03.30. It was Poole's first competitive event after redshirting the cross country season to heal an injury.
Freshmen Ashli Mosby and Taylor Spiers wasted little time in earning a spot on Northwest's top-10 list. Mosby placed 13th in the 60-meter hurdles, but ran 9.11s in the prelims for the fifth-best mark in program history. Spiers took 14th in the 60-meter dash, but ran 8.01s in the prelims for the ninth-best mark in program history.
The Holiday Preview is Northwest's only event scheduled prior to the holiday break. The Bearcats compete again Jan. 14-15 at the Holiday Inn Invitational hosted by the University of Nebraska.
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