Feb. 18, 2011
Lewis, Rickert qualify at Central
WARRENSBURG, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State seniors Rachel Lewis and Eric Rickert became the fifth and sixth Bearcats to provisionally qualify for the indoor national championship meet. Lewis won the 60-meter dash and Rickert placed second in the shot put at the Central Missouri Classic Friday at the UCM Multipurpose Building.
Lewis ran the third-fastest time in program history in winning the 60. She crossed in 7.70 seconds, a mark that ranks sixth in the MIAA and 21st in the nation. She beat out 20 competitors Friday to earn the win.
Rickert took second in a field of 12 in the shot put. His first throw was the keeper after it flew 52-feet-6.75 inches. Rickerts' mark ranks fifth in the MIAA and 26th nationally. He holds the eighth-best toss in program history after reaching more than 54 feet last season.
Northwest's teams combined to win nine events at the Classic. In addition to Lewis, four women and Northwest's distance medley relay team took first-place honors. Two individuals combined for three wins on the men's side.
Senior Kate Walter won the weight throw with a provisional mark of 56-feet-5.75-inches. Walter threw 58-feet-5.75-inches earlier this season, which ranks 14th in the nation.
Junior Tyler Shaw turned in a provisional mark in the 60-meter hurdles that was just shy of his season best. Shaw beat a field of 15 and ran 8.11s in the finals of the event. He also competed in the 60-meter dash for the first time in his career and won with a time of 6.93s - tied for sixth-best in program history.
Megan Davis (long jump), Ashli Mosby (60-meter hurdles) and Brittany Poole (mile run) won individual events on the women's side. Kemper Kellerstrass won the pole vault by clearing 14-feet-7.25-inches. Teammate Will Haer finished second in the event with a height of 14-feet-1.25-inches.
Freshman Samantha Fender, sophomore Lekiesha McKnight and junior Austin Gray climbed Northwest's top 10 rankings Friday. Fender placed seventh in the pole vault with a career-best height of 9-feet-6.25-inches which is sixth-best in program history. McKnight climbed into fifth place on the weight throw list after tossing 50-feet-2.5-inches, good for fifth at the Classic. Gray took fifth in the men's weight with a throw of 55-feet-1-inch, which moves him into fifth place on Northwest's all-time list.
The Classic served as a precursor to the MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championship Meet set to take place Feb. 25-27 at the UCM Multipurpose Building. Northwest's men placed sixth while the women took eighth at last year's championship meet.
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