May 9, 2010

Lions pick up seven All-MIAA selections in final day at MIAA Outdoor Track Championships

Pittsburg, Kan. -- Brennan Benkert had another stellar day at the 2010 MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships today as the senior broke his school record in the 1,500 meters, as well as setting a new MIAA mark in winning the event and helped the Lions to a fourth place team finish. 

Benkert ran a 3:47.27 today, breaking his previous mark of 3:48.73 he set last week. The mark is an automatic qualifying mark and is a new MIAA meet record. Aki Nummela finished fifth in the event, while Jarkko Jarvenpaa was sixth. 

Nummela and Jarvenpaa went first and second in the 5k with both runners picking up All-MIAA honors and Nick Niggemann and Dustin Dixon was 14th and 19th in the event.

Jordan Patton finished second in the 100 meters and third in the 200 meters to earn All-MIAA status in both events. D'Angelo Wood, Kevin Wright and Andrew Wright were 4th, 7th and 8th in the 400 meters. Kevin Wright placed seventh in the 400m hurdles and eighth in the 110m hurdles. 

The 4x100m team of Maurlon Bembry, Jordan Patton, Jacob Khan and Andrew Wright placed second to earn All-MIAA status. The team finished just .08 behind the winning team from Central Missouri.

Nummela was third in the 800 meters to pick up All-MIAA status in the event, while both Corey Reynolds and Chris Brown cleared 6-9 in the high jump to finish third and earn All-MIAA status. 

James Coleman threw a personal best, set a new school record and earned an automatic qualifying mark in the discus when he finished second with a heave of 176-03. Coleman also picked up a provisional in the shot put with a fifth place finish, and Seth Hackney and Kyle Hancock were 9th and 12th, respectively. Coleman was named the Freshman High Point Award winner for his efforts. 

Central Missouri won the event with Pittsburg State placing second and Emporia State third. The Lions were fourth followed by Northwest Missouri, Southwest Baptist, Fort Hays State and Truman. 

The Lions will be back in action next week as Emporia State hosts their Last Chance meet.