Feb. 2, 2013
Bearcats finish strong at Husker Invite
LINCOLN, Neb. – The final day of the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational saw three Northwest Missouri State track and field athletes earn personal best marks Saturday on the University of Nebraska campus.
Chloe Wichman earned a NCAA provisional mark in the pentathlon with a personal best 3,330 points. For Wichman it moved her just ahead of her previous point total she set last weekend at the Concordia Classic at 3,328, as she now holds the second, third and fourth best totals on the all-time list at Northwest. Current Bearcat assistant coach Emily (Churchman) Peterson holds the Northwest record at 3,704.
For the Northwest women, Jordan Esry earned a top 10 finish in the 5000-meter with an eighth place finish as the top Division II runner. Esry’s time of 18:03.19 missed the NCAA provisional mark, but was a personal indoor best for the senior. Former Bearcat standout Kayli Hrdlicka won the race, as she ran unattached with a time of 17:15.10.
On the men’s side Nolan Zimmer raced to an 11th place finish in the 5000-meters and set a personal best time of 15:04.52. Although Zimmer missed a NCAA provisional time (14:47.00), the Nebraska native now holds the sixth and ninth best times on the Northwest top 10 list.
Eli Smith raced to a third place finish in the 400-meter dash consolation finals Saturday with a time of 48.98. The time was good enough for a provisional mark although it did not better the time he set earlier this year at the Cyclone Holiday Preview.
The Bearcat track and field teams will compete in Nebraska two more times before the MIAA Championships Feb. 22-24, hosted by Fort Hays State. Next weekend the Bearcats return to the Husker state as they will compete at the Concordia Invitational.
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