April 28, 2012
Poole races to NCAA automatic mark at Drake Relays
DES MOINES, Iowa – Brittany Poole claimed the sixth best time in the nation earning an NCAA Automatic mark in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the 2012 Drake Relays. Northwest Missouri State track and field also claimed 15 titles at the Grandview Invitational on Saturday.
Poole who highlighted the day across town at the Drake Relays was the second NCAA Division II finisher placing eighth. Only one Division II runner finished ahead of Poole’s time of 10:31.13 as Augustana’s Kyle Blakeslee ran away with the title finishing with a time of 10:18.71.
On the men’s side at the Grandview Invitational the Bearcat men claimed seven of the 13 individual titles on the day as Eli Smith and Travis Manning narrowly missed NCAA provisional marks. The Bearcat men also won the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x800-meter relay.
Smith won the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.58 while the NCAA time of 48.00 is the provisional mark he was trying to reach.
In the 110-meter hurdles, Manning raced to a time of 14.72, a personal best for the junior hurdler. He missed being the third Bearcat on the men’s side to earn a NCAA provisional mark after Ryan Darling joined John Petroff on the list last week at the Kansas Relays.
After Darling earned a provisional last week in the 1500-meters, the senior captured the title in the 800-meters as Northwest finished first, second and third. Darling finished with a time of 200.40 while Kaleb Brumbaugh finished on his heels with a time of 2:00.90 with Derek Roberts rounding out the 800-meter trio.
Also claiming titles for the Bearcat men were Kit Anderson in the 3000-meter steeplechase, Porter Groves in the triple jump, John Petroff in the discus throw and Logann Halloran in the pole vault.
For the Northwest women, six individual claimed titles at the Grandview Invitational on Saturday.
Kate Walter recorded another NCAA automatic mark in the hammer throw with a mark of 57.53 to win the event; however the throw did not best her automatic mark set earlier in the month at the Gorilla Classic.
Ashli Mosby barley missed a provisional mark as she ran a personal best in the 100-meter hurdles. Mosby’s time of 14.76 missed the NCAA provisional mark of 14.40, but now gives her the ninth and 10th fastest times in Northwest history in the 100-meter hurdles.
Similar to the men’s first, second and third finish in the 800-meters the Bearcat women duplicated the finish in the 400-meters with Michaela Chambers taking the title. Chambers finished with a time of 60.80 while Aston Nibert finished second at 61.21 and Alexis Boyd finishing third.
Other women claiming titles for the Bearcat women on Saturday were Samantha Fender in the 100-meter dash, Lekiesha McKnight in the shot put, and Megan Elder in the pole vault.
Northwest will compete next weekend at the MIAA Championships set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Emporia State will serve as the host of this year’s Championships.
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