May 4, 2013
Haer wins pole vault on day two
HAYS, Kan. – For the fourth time this spring Will Haer claimed the pole vault title, but Saturday was a first in his career as the senior won his first ever MIAA Championship at the 2013 Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Haer won his first title with a career best mark, 16-03.50 to edge Michael Juergens of Missouri Southern. He was also the only winner for the Northwest Missouri State track and field teams on day two of the MIAA Outdoor Championships.
After a solid spring junior John Petroff earned a top 10 finish in the discus finishing seventh. Petroff finished with a throw of 162-06; however he could still likely qualify for the NCAA championships with his throw from earlier this spring at the Northwest open - which currently stands as the ninth best time in NCAA Division II.
For the Bearcat women, Chloe Wichman and Jessica Hugo finished in the top in the heptathlon as Wichman finished sixth and Hugo seventh. Wichman finished with 4405 points while Hugo earned 4253 points.
In the decathlon Seth Staashlem and Logann Halloran held on for a top 10 finish as well. Staashelm finished sixth with an NCAA provisional mark of 6332 points while Halloran finished seventh with 6167 points.
Several Bearcats qualified for Sunday’s finals as well in the running events.
Ashton Nibert raced to the third best time in the 400-meter dash to qualify for Sunday’s finals.
Tyler Shaw qualified for the finals in the 200-meter dash and the 110-meter hurdles. Travis Manning will join Shaw in the 110-meter finals while Eli Smith qualified in the 400-meter dash.
The Northwest women head into the final day tied with Southwest Baptist and Central Oklahoma for ninth with five points. Central Missouri leads the women’s team standings with 36 points.
The Bearcat men stand in seventh after two days of action with 17 points. Defending champion Pittsburg State holds a slim lead over Missouri Southern in the team standings with 50 points.
Sunday’s finals will start with field events at 10 a.m. while all running events kick off at noon.
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