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Wichita State men, women lead at MVC track championship

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 10:09 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, May 12, 2013, at 8:10 a.m.

Wichita State senior Tanya Friesen defended her title in the heptathlon Saturday at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championship in Des Moines.

Friesen finished with 5,653 points, nearly 200 more than runner-up Paige Knodle of Northern Iowa. WSU’s Nikki Larch-Miller was third with 5,000 points. Friesen won two of the seven events and was second or third in the other five.

Wichita State’s Ashley Petersen won the high jump at 5 feet, 9 1/4 inches. Friesen finished third in the high jump and second in the long jump.

The Shockers lead the women’s meet with 94 points; Indiana State is second with 72 1/2. The meet concludes Sunday.

WSU’s Austin Bahner finished second in the decathlon with 7,599 points. Bahner was 181 points behind Northern Iowa’s Daniel Gooris, who took the decathlon title for the fourth straight year. WSU’s Mac Griffth, Tobias Boese and Justin Hickey were third, fourth and fifth.

Wichita State senior Thomas Cotter won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8 minutes, 56.87 seconds; Garret Lynch, Zach Budda and Kerry Graber all cleared 6-8 to place second-fourth in the high jump. Bahner added a second in the long jump, giving the Shockers a 10-point lead over Southern Illinois in the men’s standings.

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