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Taylor Spiers takes a handoff from Courtney Mitchell

April 16, 2011

Track and Field's Week in Review

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State's men's and women's track and field teams sent representatives to three separate meets last week. More than 40 Bearcats were in action and 12 personal-best marks were set. A summary of the three meets is listed below:

Emporia State Multis | April 14-15 | Emporia, Kan.

Sophomores Adrienne Cornelius, Seth Staashelm and Zeke Winans completed Emporia State's two-day challenge and all three set personal records in regards to their total scores.

Cornelius placed ninth in the heptathlon (4,027 pts) and became the 10th Bearcat to surpass 4,000 points in the event. Her 800-meter time of 2:29.0 in the final event was the fastest of the 15 competitors. Cornelius also turned in personal-best marks in the shot put (9.09m) and 200-meter dash (27.61s).

Staashelm and Winans placed fourth and eighth in the decathlon with 6,098 points and 5,438 points, respectively. Winans set personal records in half of the 10 events while Staashelm eclipsed previous highs in four events. Junior Zane Myers stood in third place through six events before an injury ended his performance early in day two.

Drake's Jim Duncan Invitational | April 16 | Des Moines, Iowa

A majority of the Bearcats competed on the blue track at Drake against competitors from all classes of the NCAA. Junior Tyler Shaw bested a field of 21 - including six Division I athletes - in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.88s. He also placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.15s.

Northwest's women's 400-meter relay team (Samantha Fender, Courtney Mitchell, Courtney Jefferson, Taylor Spiers) finished second of 14 entries with a time of 48.71s. Only Drake's quartet faired better by .12s.

Janna Battey (triple jump), Megan Jacobsen (1,500m) and Talisa Boswell (400-meter hurdles) turned in personal best times Saturday. Travis Manning (triple jump), Todd Suntken (400m) and Robert Crist (800m) did the same on the men's side. Manning also placed third in the 110-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 15.03s.

William Jewell Invitational | April 16 | Liberty, Mo.

Eight Bearcats, including six Northwest throwers, made the 90-minute drive to William Jewell College Saturday and combined for six second-place finishes. In fact, four Northwest women combined for 53 points and placed fourth out of eight teams.

Sophomore Lekiesha McKnight took runners-up honors in both the discus and shot put. She threw 138-feet-8-inches in the discus - seventh-best in program history - and reached a season-best 42-feet-6-inches in the shot put. Her discus throw was just shy of an NCAA provisional mark.

Fellow sophomore Megan Davis along with senior Chelsie Dailey combined for 27 points in competing in the 100-meter hurdles and long jump. Davis placed second in both events, running 15.57s in the hurdles and leaping 17 feet in the long jump. Davis was third in the long jump with 16 feet and her time of 16.19s in the hurdles was good for fourth.

Austin Gray (hammer) and Eric Rickert (shot put) earned second-place honors on the men's side. Rickert threw a season-best 51-feet-4.5-inches in the shot put. Gray reached 175-feet-3-inches in the hammer throw.

This week

Northwest's teams will compete in the Kansas Relays Thursday through Saturday in Lawrence, Kan. The Bearcats will also send competitors to the Mule Relays hosted by Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo.


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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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