April 14, 2012
Walter captures automatic mark Gorilla Classic
MARYVILLE, Mo. – Senior Kate Walter continued her outstanding season earning an automatic mark in the hammer throw Saturday at the Pittsburg State Gorilla Classic.
Walter has already provisionally qualified for the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in four events including the hammer throw. In qualifying for four different events she became the first athlete in Northwest Missouri State history to earn a provisional mark in four different events; however on Saturday Walter solidified her place in May’s NCAA Championships.
Walter claimed the title in the hammer on Saturday at the Gorilla Classic with a mark of 58.10 meters. She also earned a top five mark with a fifth place finish in the discus throw.
Also on the women’s side the Bearcat distance runners recorded a solid finish in the 1500-meter run while four sprinters all finished in the top 10 of the 400-meter dash.
Ashton Nibert led Northwest in the 400-meter dash with a third place finish coming in less than a second behind first place Hillary Dickey of Pittsburg State. Chloe Wichman came in just behind Nibert in fourth place with a time of 59.10 as Nibert finished at 58.94.
Jordan Esry led the distance runners with a second place finish in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:52.30. Esry was four seconds behind first place Kaley Temaat of PSU, while Esry’s teammate Anne Herbert came in seventh.
Lekiesha McKnight recorded a provisional mark of 13.90 meters in the shot put, however she did not better her already provisional distance set at the ESU Spring Open.
On the men’s side Jake Henry was the high finisher for the Bearcats with a second place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Henry’s time of 9:40.78 was just 20 seconds off pace of a NCAA provisional mark.
Sprinter Travis Manning also had a solid mark in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.64 for a third place finish.
Eli Smith also continued his solid freshman season as he finished seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.71.
Northwest continues action next weekend at the Kansas Relays. A split team will also compete at the Central Missouri Mule Relays on Friday, April 20.
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