May 6, 2012
Walter sets MIAA record in hammer throw at MIAA Championships
EMPORIA, Kan. – Kate Walter continued her outstanding senior season on Sunday as she broke the MIAA Championship meet record in the hammer throw to highlight the three-day event for Northwest Missouri State track and field at Welch Stadium.
Walter broke the 14-year-old mark with a throw of 58.14 meters to eclipse the mark set by Laura Mayo of Emporia State in 1998. Walter’s throw was also a personal best, giving her the sixth best mark in NCAA Division II.
Joining Walter as an MIAA Champion on Sunday was Brittany Poole, who captured the title in the 3000-meter steeplechase at 11:04.55. Although Poole recorded an NCAA provisional time, the Omaha native already clinched her spot at the NCAA Championships with an automatic mark last week at the Drake Relays.
Close behind Poole with a top five finish was Anne Herbert who finished with a time of 11:43.48, good for fourth in the event.
Lekiesha McKnight improved her standing on the provisional list with a fourth place finish in the stacked shot put. McKnight’s mark of 14.54 meters was a personal best and moved her up the provisional list to 12th. Walter also improved her provisional mark in the shot put finishing sixth with a throw of 13.98.
Walter also added a top five finish in the javelin throw finishing fifth with a mark of 41.39 meters. The throw however did not better her provisional distance set earlier in the spring at the ESU Spring Twilight. The Independence, Mo., native has provisionally qualified for three events and earned one automatic making her the first Bearcat in program history to have the possibility of competing in four events at the NCAA Championships in late May.
On the men’s side Porter Groves became the fourth Bearcat male to earn an NCAA provisional mark as the junior finished third in the triple jump. The Lincoln, Neb., native jumped to a mark of 14.92 to earn his spot on the provisional list.
Senior T.R. Pursell earned a runner-up finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase after a time of 9:23.91 and was three seconds shy of a provisional mark as well.
As a team the Bearcat women finished sixth as Lincoln ran away with the team championship while Pittsburg State edged Central Missouri on the men’s side. The Northwest men finished eighth.
The Bearcats have two final events before the NCAA Championships May 24-26 to improve on NCAA marks. Northwest will compete in Chicago at the Dr. Keeler Invitational and Chicago Penultimate on Thursday and Friday with the ESU Last Chance Qualifier on Saturday.
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