Feb. 26, 2011
Walter, Carroll, Relay Earn All-MIAA on Day Two
WARRENSBURG, Mo.-Kate Walter took second place in the weight throw, Katti Carroll placed third in the 5,000-meter run and Northwest Missouri State's men took third in the distance medley relay to highlight Bearcat performances on day two of the MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at UCM Multipurpose Building.
Walter and Carroll have accounted for all but two of Northwest's 16 team points on the women's side, good for sixth place. Northwest's men stand in fifth place with 15 points. The meet concludes Sunday.
Walter, who is on the NCAA bubble in the weight throw, threw 55-feet-11.25-inches Saturday to earn All-MIAA honors. Walter threw 58-feet-5.75-inches earlier this season, which stands as the 14th-best throw in the nation. Fort Hays State's Christa Bergmann won the event with a throw of 58-feet-1.75-inches.
Walter is scheduled to compete in the shot put Sunday and has the sixth-best mark in the MIAA to date.
Carroll earned indoor All-MIAA honors for the first time by finishing the 5,000 in a time of 17:57.60, 10 seconds ahead of fourth-place Brittney Graff (Pittsburg State) and 13 seconds back of second-place Ashley Bunch (Missouri Southern). Truman sophomore Karen Grauel captured the title with a time of 17:36.61.
Carroll is scheduled to compete in the 3,000-meter run Sunday where she enters with the fifth-best time in the MIAA to date.
Three Bearcat juniors teamed with one freshman to earn All-MIAA honors in Saturday's relay. Ryan Darling (1,200m), Zach Dixon (400m), Derek Roberts (800m) and T.R. Pursell (1,600m) placed third in a bang-bang finish for the title. Pittsburg State won the race with a time of 10:23.55. Emporia State and Northwest both finished within a second of the winning time.
Advancing to Sunday
Much of Saturday's action consisted of preliminary races that set up Sunday's finals. Tyler Shaw will compete in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles and the 200-meter dash. He'll be joined in the hurdles by teammate Travis Manning. Taylor Overmiller qualified for the finals of the 800-meter run.
Northwest's women have a finalist in the two shortest races of the meet. Rachel Lewis ran the fifth-best qualifying time in the 60-meter dash. Ashley Mosby ran the fourth-best qualifying time in the 60-meter hurdles.
Rickert, Groves earn four points each
Eric Rickert and Porter Groves fell one place shy of All-MIAA awards Saturday. Rickert finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 53-feet-1-inch. Groves was fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 47-feet-1-inch, fifth-best in program history.
Myers, Staashelm PQ in the heptathlon
Zane Myers needed to improve his score in the heptathlon to aid in his candidacy for a bid to the national championship meet and Myers did just that in Warrensburg. Myers earned 4,838 points in the seven events, a school record that was 110 points better than an earlier score this season. Seth Staashelm also provisionally qualified with a score of 4,803 points. The two finished sixth and seventh in the event, respectively.
Where is Lincoln?
Lincoln's men's and women's track and field teams rank first and second in the nation, respectively, however, the Blue Tiger men are in a tie for eighth place with four points and the Blue Tiger women are in ninth place with three points heading into the final day.
No need to fret.
Of the 86 Sunday qualifiers from Saturday's six preliminary races (43 from each gender), 16 are Lincoln men and 17 are Lincoln women. That's 38 percent of the field. Factor in just the four sprints (60mH, 60m, 200m, 400m) and Lincoln features half of the MIAA's finalists (28 of 56). In addition, Lincoln has the top-ranked teams in Sunday's 4x440-yard relay.
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