May 6, 2013
Herbert takes MIAA title in steeplechase
Herbert joined Will Haer as the only champions for the Bearcats over the weekend as the sophomore raced to a time of 11:19.53. She held nearly a half second lead over Erica Testa of Pittsburg State for the win and set a personal best time in the event.
Herbert also tallied points for the Bearcats in the 5000-meters with an eighth place finish. Her time of 18:42.12 was just off the pace set by Lincoln’s Twishana Williams.
The Bearcat women did see Megan Elder earn a sixth place finish in the pole vault. Elder finished with a mark of 11-07.75. Her height was not only a personal best for the senior, but gives her an NCAA provisional mark and the second best height in the Northwest record books.
Ashton Nibert raced to a top five finish in the 400-meters, however she could not overcome three Lincoln University runners placing fourth. Nibert finished with a time of 55.41, which is an NCAA provisional time, although it did not best her time set earlier this spring.
The Bearcat men also saw three individuals earn provisional marks on Sunday’s final day.
Eli Smith earned all-conference honors with a third place finish in the 400-meters. Smith finished with a time of 47.69 giving him a provisional time that ranks in the top 30 of the nation.
Tyler Shaw also improved his provisional time in the 110-meter hurdles with a fifth place finish. Shaw raced to a time of 14.34 while teammate Travis Manning finished seventh with a time of 14.54.
Also earning a provisional mark was senior Porter Groves. Groves finished sixth in the triple jump with a distance of 48-02.75, which also gives him a top 30 mark in the nation.
As a team the Bearcat men finished eighth as Pittsburg State defended its title. On the women’s team standings, Northwest finished 11th while Lincoln finished first for the second straight year as well.
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