Pittsburg, Kan. - Missouri Southern senior Brennan Benkert took home the title in the 10,000 meters tonight in one of the closest finishes in meet history as the Lions competed in day one of the 2010 MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Benkert won the 10k in a time of 31-13.96, while second place Laban Sialo of Central Missouri finished just eight one hundredths of a second behind Benkert. Benkert earned All-MIAA status for his finish.
Kevin Wright qualified for the finals in three different events as he finished fifth in the 110 hurdles, as well as the 200m and the 400m. Also qualifying for the finals of the 400m was D'Angelo Wood and Andrew Wright. Jordan Patton qualified for the finals of the 100 and 200 meters, while Aki Nummela is in the finals of the 800m.
Taylor McClelland earned All-MIAA status in the long jump, placing third with a distance of 23-06.75, while Jerry Jones was 15th. Michael Jurgens and Corey Shumate placed fourth and seventh in the pole, both earning points for the Lions, while Andrew Gassen was 11th in the javelin.
The Lions are in fifth after day one with 22.50 points. Central Missouri is first followed by Pitt State, Emporia State, Fort Hays, Southern, Northwest Missouri, Truman and Southwest Baptist.
The Lions will finish up the meet tomorrow morning.