May 2, 2011
Staashelm places sixth in the decathlon
PITTSBURG, Kan.-Northwest Missouri State sophomore Seth Staashelm secured the Bearcats' first three points of the MIAA Championships Monday when he placed sixth in the decathlon on the grounds of Pittsburg State University.
Staashelm's two-day, 10-event tally of 6,415 points is an NCAA provisional mark that ranks 10th in the nation this season and is ninth-best in program history. Staashelm established personal records in four events and set season bests in two others.
Fellow sophomore Zeke Winans placed ninth with 4,948 points. He established new personal bests in both the discus (103 feet) and 1,500-meter run (5:07.86) Monday.
Central Missouri placed five in the top eight and scored 29 team points. The Mules' Brent Vogel, the top decathlete in the nation up to this point, was MIAA champion with 6,913 points.
Cornelius takes 10th in the heptathlon
Northwest sophomore Adrienne Cornelius placed 10th in the heptathlon with a career-best 4,303 points - a total that ranks eighth in program history. Cornelius equaled or surpassed personal-best marks in four of the seven events. She improved on her 800-meter run time by more than six seconds and placed second in the race with a time of 2:22.89.
Teammate Jessica Hugo set personal records in all four events Sunday, but did not compete Monday. Central Missouri placed four student-athletes in the top five including Lindsey Lettow, who won the title with 5,225 points. Lettow holds the top score in the nation this season with 5,610 points earned in late March.
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