The Northwest Missouri State track and field teams completed the final day of the 2014 MIAA Outdoor Championships on Sunday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. The Northwest men finished with 51.25 points to place eighth. The women scored 48 points to finish 10th.
Lekiesha McKnight hit an NCAA automatic qualification mark in the shot put,placing second with a throw of 49-03.5 on her final throw. Fiona Moloney was seventh in the shot, marking 43-10.5. McKnight was also fourth in the hammer throw, marking 162-04 on her final attempt. Anne Herbert won the 3,000 steeplechase, hitting an NCAA provisional time of 11:03.70. Herbert also took seventh in the 5,000 later in the day, running 18:52.95. The 4×400 relay team took third to finish the day. Alexis Boyd, Audrey Bolinger, Haley Manning and Ashton Nibert improved their own school record with an NCAA provisional time of 3:45.32. The 4×100 relay team of Sam Fender, Kaley Hauschild, Boyd and Nibert placed fourth in 47.17. In the open 400, Nibert ran a provisional time of 54.36 totake fourth overall. Boyd ran 56.27 to take eighth. Taylor Woodruff was eighth in the 1,500, running 4:48.84.
On the men’s side, Ryan Cox took home the 1,500 meter title, making the pass on the final straightaway to win in 3:54.50. Tim Grundmayer was fifth in the event, running 3:56.69. Zac Bendrick placed fourth in the hammer throw with a mark of 174-09 and was sixth in the shot put with a throw of 49-11.25. Peyton Mizera placed fifth in the triple jump, hitting an NCAA provisional with a mark of 48-00.5 on his third attempt. In the pole vault, Will Haer cleared 15-10.00 to take sixth overall. Kemper Kellerstrass tied for seventh with a height of 15-04.25. In the high jump, Bryce Sheard tied for eighth with a clearance of 6-04.00. Kit Anderson placed sixth in the 3,000 steeplechase, running 9:31.14. Zach Dixon ran 56.33 in the 400 hurdles to place seventh.
The Bearcats will be competing in a number of meets next week in hopes of improving or hitting NCAA qualifying marks. Schedule information will be available at NorthwestBearcats.com.
— Northwest Sports Information —