Jan. 12, 2013
Two Bearcats earn provisional marks
LINCOLN, Neb. – A pair of Bearcat men earned NCAA provisional marks for the Northwest Missouri State track and field teams Saturday to close out action at the University of Nebraska Holiday Inn Invitational.
Travis Manning raced to a NCAA provisional mark in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.20 in the preliminary round. Although Manning did not best his provisional time in the finals, the Belleville, Ill. native earned a sixth place finish in the finals with a time of 8.21 giving him the fourth, fifth and second best times in the Northwest record books.
Also earning a provisional mark was Will Haer with a mark of 4.86 meters (15-11.25). Haer finished third in the pole vault and is looking for a return trip to the NCAA Indoor National Championships for a second straight season.
Bearcat sophomore Logann Halloran also earned a top 10 finish in the pole vault with a mark of 4.41 meters (14-05.50).
Another group of Bearcats that narrowly missed provisional marks in field events were Seth Staashelm and Halloran in the high jump. Staashelm finished with a jump of 1.90 meters and a fourth place finish while Halloran earned a mark of 1.75 meters and a sixth place finish to miss the provisional mark of 2.04 meters.
After an impressive freshman season, Eli Smith narrowly missed a provisional mark in a crowed 200-meter dash field. Smith raced to a time of 22.72 missing the time of 22.20 and earned a 13th place finish.
On the men’s side Kellen Schroeder earned a spot in the Northwest record books top five with a time of 1:24.00 in the 600-meter run.
For the Bearcats women Ashton Nibert missed a provisional mark by half a second in the 200-meters with a time of 26.01 Nibert finished seventh while teammate Samantha Fender finished 13th with a time of 26.86.
Senior Megan Elder had her best finish in the pole vault with a jump of 3.35 meters (10-11.75), which also was the third best mark on the Northwest record books. Elder was the top Division II athlete in the pole vault which saw Nebraska place individuals in the top five just ahead of the Bearcat senior.
The duo of Jessica Hugo and Chloe Wichman also earned top five finishes in the high jump. Hugo placed third with a mark of 1.55 meters (5-01.00), while Wichman was fourth with a height of 1.50 meters (4-11.00).
The Bearcat track and field teams return to Nebraska next Friday as they compete at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invitational in Lincoln.
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