Six Bearcats advanced to Sunday's finals for the Northwest Missouri State track and field teams at the MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday.
On the men's side Eli Smith and Tyler Shaw both finished tops in their heat and are primed to capture titles on Sunday. Smith was third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.36 improving his NCAA provisional time in the process.
Shaw raced to the second best time in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.12 in the preliminaries. Teammate Travis Manning finished with the sixth best time in the 60-meter hurdles to also earn a spot in Sunday's finals with a time of 8.18.
A trio of Bearcats will race in Sunday's finals as Ashton Nibert paces the Northwest women. Nibert finished with the fourth best time at 56.98 heading into the 400-meter finals.
Ashli Mosby will also race in the 60-meter hurdles after racing to the sixth best time. Mosby finished with a preliminary time of 8.85.
After finishing third in the pentathlon, Chloe Wichman finished eighth in the 600-yard preliminaries with a time of 1:26.86.
The Bearcats also saw two women and four men earn top 10 finishes in final events Saturday. Jordan Esry had the highest finish racing to a seventh place finish in the 5000-meter run to a time of 18:23.59.
Megan Elder earned a ninth place finish with her mark in the pole vault. Elder's height of 11-03.00 was shy of her season best mark and NCAA provisional mark set last week in Nebraska.
For the Northwest men, Porter Groves, Nolan Zimmer and Seth Staashelm earned eighth place finishes.
Staashelm was able to improve his standing in the heptathlon helping the Bearcat men earn points with his finish.
Groves grabbed a NCAA provisional mark with his jump of 47-00.25 in the triple jump. The senior could not best his person best mark however, set earlier this month at the Concordia Invitational.
Nolan Zimmer finished eighth in the 5000-meter run with a time of 15:01.21 while Zac Bendrick rounded out the top 10 finishes for the Northwest. Bendrick finished ninth in the shot put with a mark of 49-09.25.
On the men's side, Central Missouri sits in first place after two days with 58 points and holding a slim lead over Missouri Southern's 46 points. Northwest entered the final day in eighth place with just five points.
On the women's side Missouri Southern holds a strong lead with 47.5 points while Northwest captured 10 points and reside in 10th place.
Sophomore Chloe Wichman rallied to finish fourth in the pentathlon and improve her NCAA provisional mark on the first day of the 2013 MIAA Indoor Championships Friday.
Wichman won the 800-meters, the final event of the day, to help make her final push to fourth. The Kirksville native also finished second in the high jump and 60-meter hurdles to finish with 3408 points, a personal best.
The 3408 points move her into the top 15 of the nation while Zoe Sharplin of Central Missouri claimed the pentathlon title followed by Lincoln's Sheri Kaye Campbell.
Jessica Hugo finished ninth for the Bearcats as Adrienne Cornelius finished 13th.
By NW Sports Information
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By NW Sports Information
Updated Feb. 24, 2013 @ 4:22 pm
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