March 17, 2011
Fender first to qualify for nationals
EMPORIA, Kan.-Northwest Missouri State freshman Samantha Fender provisionally qualified for the NCAA national outdoor championship meet after finishing the 100-meter dash in 12.02s Thursday at Emporia State's Spring Twilight. Fender won the event and recorded the fourth-fastest time in program history.
Fender is one of five Northwest student-athletes who won events Thursday. Sophomore Katti Carroll won the 10,000-meter run with the 10th-fastest time in program history, 39:25.04. Sophomore Jessica Hugo took the 400-meter hurdles crown with the eighth-fastest time in school history, 1:04.84. Junior Brittany Poole won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:43.10.
On the men's side, Tyler Shaw returned to the track less than a week after earning his fifth All-America award. He ran the 110-meter hurdles at Emporia State and won with a time of 14.66s. Shaw is the school record holder and a two-time All-American in the event.
Fender was followed closely in the hurdles by teammate and fellow frosh Courtney Mitchell who finished with a time of 12.21s - less than two tenths from a qualifying mark. Mitchell's time is sixth-fastest in program history.
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