April 30, 2011
Bird, relay highlight performances at Simpson
INDIANOLA, Iowa-Northwest Missouri State sophomore Savanna Bird became the fifth Bearcat in program history to clear 10 feet in the pole vault Friday at the Kip Janvrin Open hosted by Simpson College.
Bird surpassed her previous personal best by nearly six inches. She placed sixth in the event and has the 11th-best mark in the MIAA this season.
Northwest's 400-meter relay team set a meet record after winning the race with a time of 47.86s. The quartet of Samantha Fender, Courtney Jefferson, Chelsie Dailey and Rachel Lewis hold the fourth-fastest time in the league. Lewis went on to place second in the 200-meter dash with a season-best time of 26.52s. She placed fourth in the 100.
Junior Tyler Shaw hit a provisional mark in the 110-meter hurdles on the men's side. Shaw placed second in the event with a time of 14.57s. His season-best time of 14.34s currently ranks 12th in the nation.
Junior Jordan Sklba took third in the 200-meter dash with a season-best time of 22.01s. He took fifth in the 100-meter dash after tying his season-best mark of 19.99s.
One week after hitting a provisional mark in the shot put, senior Eric Rickert earned a top-three finish in the event at Simpson. Rickert threw 50-feet-7.25-inches, finishing just short of his mark set at the Kansas Relays.
Pursell places ninth at Drake Relays
Junior T.R. Pursell took on a field of nearly all Division I runners and placed ninth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase during the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday. Pursell finished in a time of 9:21.00 - best in the MIAA this season and one second shy of the NCAA provisional mark.
Pursell was the MIAA's runner-up in the event a year ago. He'll go for his first title this week at the MIAA Championships hosted by Emporia State.
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