May 8, 2011
Three champions crowned at MIAA meet
EMPORIA, Kan.-Northwest Missouri State swept the men's and women's steeplechase titles and junior Tyler Shaw won his second championship in the 110-meter hurdles to highlight Bearcat performances at the 2011 MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship Meet hosted by Emporia State University Saturday and Sunday.
Juniors Brittany Poole and T.R. Pursell captured the 3,000-meter steeplechase crowns with times of 11:29.45 and 9:27.49, respectively. Poole edged Fort Hays State's Amie Algrim by a second and bested 10 others to capture her first MIAA championship. Pursell beat Southwest Baptist's Phillip Miller by three seconds and beat 13 other runners for his first crown. Pursell was the runner-up in the event a year ago.
Shaw had little trouble regaining the title he won as a freshman in 2009. He had the best time in Saturday's prelims and ran a wind-aided 13.92s in Sunday's final, beating Emporia State's Andrew Etheridge by more than two tenths of a second. Shaw's prelim time of 14.11 is second-fastest in the nation. He is a two-time All-American in the event.
Shaw went on to place fourth in the 200-meter dash with an NCAA provisional time of 21.44s - 10th-best in program history. He also helped the Bearcats' 400-meter relay team to a fifth-place finish and a time of 41.65s.
Shaw played a role in earning 19 of the 59.5 team points Northwest earned which placed the Bearcats seventh in the team standings. Pursell netted 10 points with his win. Eric Rickert (shot put), Porter Groves (triple jump) and Ryan Darling (1,500m) each garnered fourth-place finishes and five points.
The Bearcat women finished in 10th place of the team race with 31 points, a third of which were earned by Poole. Northwest's 400-meter relay team which placed third and its 1,600-meter relay team which took fifth accounted for another 10 points.
In addition to the three champions, Samantha Fender, Courtney Jefferson, Chelsie Dailey and Rachel Lewis earned All-MIAA honors as a part of Northwest's relay team which finished third with a time of 47.42s.
Junior Heidi Johnson placed fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:20.99. She ran a personal-best 2:18.23 in Saturday's prelims - fifth-best in program history.
Central Missouri's men (189 points) and Lincoln's women (180 points) captured the team titles. Central Missouri won for the 10th time in 11 seasons. Lincoln won in its first year in the league. The meet saw a total of 31 automatic qualifying marks, another 132 provisional marks and seven meet records broken.
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