It wasn't the finish the Northwest Missouri State track and field teams envisioned, but two Bearcat individuals and one relay team earned All-MIAA honors Sunday at the 2013 MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Eli Smith and Travis Manning picked up All-MIAA honors as the Bearcat women's 4x400 relay team finished second to give Northwest three all-conference accolades. The Northwest teams also saw several athletes improve NCAA provisional times for next month's NCAA Championships.
Smith finished third in the 400-meter dash earning all-conference honors after finishing one spot shy last year during his freshman season. Smith raced to a time of 49.58 and his NCAA provisional mark ranks 31st in the 400-meters while the sophomore also earned a provisional time in the 200-meters earlier this winter.
Manning earned his first All-MIAA honor with a runner-up finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.05. The time was a personal best for Manning, who holds the 17th best time in NCAA II and could join teammate Tyler Shaw, who also raced to a fifth place finish.
Shaw earned a provisional mark last weekend at the Nebraska Tune-Up and holds the 12th best time in NCAA II in the 60-meter hurdles.
The tandem of Ashton Nibert, Alexis Boyd, Samantha Fender and Chloe Wichman claimed the only All-MIAA finish for the Bearcat women in the 4x400 relay. The Bearcat group finished with a NCAA provisional mark of 3:54.86 to finish second just behind Lincoln.
Ashli Mosby narrowly missed an all-conference finish as the senior raced to a time 8.79 in the 60-meter hurdles. Mosby was able to improve her NCAA provisional time sharing the 31st best time in NCAA II.
Ashton Nibert also earned a top 10 finish in the 400-meter dash with a sixth place finish. Nibert's time of 56.74 was her best of the season and improves her provisional mark as well.
As a team the Northwest men finished ninth with 29 points as Central Missouri earned its sixth consecutive MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championship. The Bearcat women improved on last year's last place finish, checking in at eighth with 31.5 points, while Lincoln took home the team title.
Northwest will have 14 individuals and two relay teams that will await their championship fate. The list features 13 different events for the Bearcats hoping for a spot at the 2013 NCAA II Indoor Track and Field Championships March 8-9 in Birmingham, Ala.