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Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | Track & Field
Track and Field Notebook
Missouri Valley Conference teams resumed action on the track after a month-long layoff for winter break. Valley athletes returned in a big way with two athletes posting NCAA provisional qualifying marks in women's field events. Two teams will host meets this coming weekend as the Saluki Booster at Southern Illinois and the Redbird Invitational at Illinois State are on tap.
This week’s Missouri Valley Conference Track and Field Athletes of the Week are Kylie Hutson of Indiana State, Leander Ernest of Missouri State, Tyler Mulder of UNI and Ehi Oamen of UNI.
Kylie Hutson became a provisional qualifier for the NCAA Indoor Championships in March after winning the pole vault competition with a vault of 13-feet-0.25 inches for Indiana State. The jump as a personal best in her short career and helped the Sycamores down Illinois State in the Terre Haute Double Dual meet on Satuday afternoon by a score of 94-52.
Ernest won her heat and placed fifth overall in 55.83 for 400-meters at the Arkansas Invitational (1/12). The time moves her to 6th on the MSU list of all-time top performers in the indoor 400-meters (4 of the top 7 on that list are all-americans).
Mulder claimed the Northwest Open meet record by more than a second in the 600-meter dash with a personal-best time of 1:18.84. Mulder also was a member of the winning 4x400-meter relay team which posted a time of 3:18.25.
At the Northwest Open last weekend, in just his first collegiate competition, Ehi Oamen leapt 6’-11" (2.11m) in the high jump to clinch top honors.
Stacy Butt, UNI, Jr., DeWitt, Iowa
Butt won the 60-meter dash at the Northwest Open, posting a time of 8.04 in the finals. Butt also placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 16-10.50.
Devon Williams, Illinois State, Jr., Oswego, Ill.
Williams led the women’s squad, recording victories in both the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes in a dual meet Saturday at Indiana State. Williams finished the 60-meter dash in 7.76 seconds, while completing the 200-meter dash in 25.33.
Jenny Snyder, Wichita State, Jr., Osawatomie, Kan.
Snyder set a new career-best, winning the women’s 60m hurdles competition at the Missouri Invitational in 8.61.
Dani Prince, Indiana State, Sr., Bloomington, Ind.
Prince took first place in the 3000 meters with a time of 9:57.76 to help the Sycamores to a 94-52 victory over the Redbirds.
Samantha Springer, Illinois St., So., Tremont, Ill.
Sophomore Sam Springer won the shot put (42-04), while finishing second in the weight throw (50-11.50) at the Indiana State dual meet.
Zaleika Goffe, Missouri St., Fr., St. James, Jamaica
Goffe cleared a height of 5’3" in high jump competition to earn seventh place at the Arkansas Invitational Friday.
Kate Schaake, Wichita St., So., Wichita, Kan.
Schaake broke her own shot put record at the Missouri Invitational on Friday. Schaake tossed 48-0 in the shot to set the new WSU record.
Katie Starks, Drake, Sr., Bellevue, Neb.
Starks claimed the high jump title at the Missouri Invitational, clearing a height of 1.70m (5-07.00)
Rachel Jansen, UNI, Jr., Orange City, Iowa
Jansen took the Northwest Open meet record in the shot put, with an NCAA provisiona qualifying throw of 53’-11" (16.43m). Jansen also took second place in the weight throw with a mark of 59-5.
Kelley Anderson, Illinois State, Jr., St. Louis, Mo.
Anderson finished second in the 60-meter dash (7.08) in the dual with Indiana State.
Matt Baker, Wichita State, Sr., Liberal, Kan.
Baker competed in the 60m hurdle competition and finished the race in third place, hurdling an 8.42 time.
Sean Wright, Indiana State
Wright was all over the place for the Sycamores as they downed Illinois State, 98-48 at the Terre Haute Double Double Meet this past Saturday afternoon. He won the 400 meters with a time of 48.65 which places him in the Top 10 all-time for the event at ISU, and then anchored the winning 4x400 relay team that took first with a time of 3:20.01.
Brandon Chapman, Wichita State, So., Wichita, Kan.
Chapman won the triple jump competition with a leap of 47-1" in his first meet of the new year.
Sam Watts, Illinois State, So., Gary, Ind.
Watts was the only Redbird that claimed a victory on the men’s squad, winning the long jump with a bound of 22-7.75.
Jake Conn, Indiana State, Jr., Royal Center, Ind.
Conn won the pole vault with a mark of 16-0.75 to help Indiana State to a 98-48 victory over Illinois State.
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