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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


Feb. 11, 2012

Northwest claims 5 titles at Concordia Invite


SEWARD, Neb. – Five Bearcats picked up titles at the Concordia Invitational on Saturday afternoon, highlighted by Lekiesha McKnight in the shot put and Travis Manning who ran away with the 60-meter hurdles’ title.

A trio of men earned titles on Saturday including Manning who improved his NCAA provisional time with a time of 8.17 in the 60-meter hurdles. Manning finished almost .5 tenths faster than Doane College’s Sam Housh.

 In the pole vault Will Haer claimed his second title of the season inside the Bulldog Fieldhouse with a 4.91 mark. Haer set the building record last month with a vault of 4.91, which currently gives him a NCAA provisional height.

Porter Groves rounded out the men’s titles winning the triple jump with jump of 14.62 meters. Groves improved his NCAA provisional mark claiming the title on Saturday.

On the women’s side Lekiesha McKnight narrowly missed a NCAA automatic mark in the shot put with a throw of 14.22 meters. McKnight improved on her provisional mark of 14.07 and also earned a seventh place finish in the weight throw.

Samantha Fender took home the other women’s title winning the 60-meters. Fender missed a NCAA provisional mark by just .08 as she narrowly beat out Bearcat teammate Brianna Evans. Fender won the race with a time of 7.87 while Evans finished second with a time of 7.89.

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