April 9, 2010
Shaw qualifies at Central Methodist
FAYETTE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State junior Tyler Shaw provisionally qualified for the NCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships after running the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.32s Saturday at the Central Methodist Invitational.
Shaw is a two-time All-American in the event. He placed second Saturday behind Central Methodist's Edward Stewart, who ran 14.26s. Shaw's time is 10th-best in Division II this season.
Shaw went on to win the 200-meter dash with a career-best tying time of 21.80s. He was one of three Bearcats to capture first place Saturday. Will Haer won the pole vault after clearing a height of 15-feet-1-inch and T.R. Pursell won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:55.77.
Heidi Johnson's second-place finish in the 800-meter run was Northwest's top individual finish on the women's side though six others placed in the top five. Included in the tally was Lekiesha McKnight who placed third in the shot put (42-feet-2.75-inches) and fourth in both the discus (131-feet-4-inches) and the hammer throw (142-feet-3-inches).
Sprinters Rachel Lewis and Samantha Fender placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 100-meter dash. Lewis ran a career-best 12.11s, good for sixth place in program history. Fender provisionally qualified in the event earlier this season and holds the 20th fastest time in Division II.
Northwest's men placed fifth of 21 teams with 75.2 points while the Bearcat women finished sixth of 19 teams with 64 points. Central Methodist (88) won the men's title while Lincoln (149) took the women's crown.
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