Lincoln women finish third on MIAA track

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MARYVILLE — The Lincoln Women finished in third place at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Indoor Track and Field Championships, which were held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Hughes Field House in northwest Missouri.

The Blue Tigers scored 86 points in the women’s team standings, winning the final event – the 4×400-meter relay – to overtake Central Missouri for third place.

Pittsburg State won the women’s conference title with 119.5 points, while Northwest Missouri was second with 98 points. Central Missouri ranked fourth with 82.5 points.

The 4×400 relay was one of Lincoln’s four women’s event titles. The team of Jameaka Mannings, Chrissani May, Maria Diamond and Shevanae Thomas posted a time of 3:42.08, the fastest Division II time this season indoors and one of 21 provisional qualifying scores from Lincoln for the Division II Nationals in the conference meet.

The Lincoln women also won the medley distance relay, as May, Mannings, Diamond and Kelly-Ann Beckford broke the MIAA meet record with a time of 11:53.02.

Individual titles won by Lincoln women were Diamond, who won the 600-yard run in a record time of 1:21.45, and Beckford, who placed first in the 800 meters in a record time of 2 : 09.32, which is the fourth best in Division II.

Seconds for Lincoln’s women came from Beckford in the mile race (4:58.76) and Shanette Allison in the 60-meter hurdles final (8.57 seconds).

Danneika Lyn in the 60-meter sprint final (7.52 seconds) and Annalisa Barclay in the triple jump (39 feet, 5.25 inches) round out Lincoln’s all-conference women’s winners with third-place finishes.

Thomas also scored for Lincoln’s women in the 400 meters (fourth, 55.49 seconds) and 200 meters (fifth, 24.72 seconds), May in the 800 (fourth, 2:12.91), Mannings in 400 (seventh, 56.53 seconds) and Hughasia Fyffe in the 60 sprint final (7.64 seconds).

Lincoln placed seventh in the men’s team standings with 56 points. Pittsburg State won the MIAA title with 173 points, well ahead of runners-up Nebraska-Kearney’s 97.5 points. Missouri Southern was third with 91 points and Central Missouri was fourth with 83 points, two points ahead of Fort Hays State.

The lone individual champion for Lincoln’s men was Rashane Bartlett, who won the 60 hurdles final with a time of 7.86 seconds, the fourth-best time in Division II this season.

Reuben Nichols earned two second-place finishes for the Lincoln men, clocking 21.39 seconds in the 200m final and 46.78 seconds in the 400m final.

The Lincoln men’s 4×400 relay of Troy Whyte, Kewani Campbell, Shanthamoi Brown and Nichols finished third with a time of 3:13.37.

Kizan David also earned an all-conference honor, placing third in the long jump with a 24-6.5 jump.

Others who added points for Lincoln’s men were David in the triple jump (fourth, 48-3.25), Whyte in the 60 hurdles final (fifth, 8.11 seconds) and the 400 final (fifth , 47.92 seconds), Leondre Francis in the 200m final (fifth, 21.70 seconds) and Tasrico Bell in the 60 sprint final (eighth, 8.34 seconds).

Next up for the Blue Tigers is the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, which take place March 11-12 at Pittsburg State. Nationals qualifiers will be announced at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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Central Missouri freshman Caleb Distler (New Bloomfield High School) placed 12th out of 13 athletes in the men’s heptathlon at the MIAA Championships, scoring 3,919 points.

Distler’s best result in the heptathlon came in the 1,000 meters, where he placed fourth with a time of 2:48.52.

Missouri Southern sophomore Mason York (Jefferson City High School) took sixth place in the men’s pole vault, clearing a height of 15-8.5, which is a provisional mark for nationals.

Missouri center rookie Emily Sporleder (Blair Oaks High School) placed eighth in the women’s 600m final with a time of 1:25.34.

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