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Wichita State women win Valley track title

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 7:41 p.m.

Wichita State’s women’s team won the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday, its third title in the past four seasons.

The Shockers finished with 160.5 points to out-distance pre-meet favorite Indiana State’s 145.5 in Carbondale, Ill. Host Southern Illinois finished third with 111 points.

The WSU men, favored to win their team title, finished second with 153 points; Indiana State, which won its fourth straight title, had 164.5 points. WSU finished behind the Sycamores for the third straight year. Northern Iowa finished third with 123 points.

WSU decathlon champion Austin Bahner scored 24 points, also winning the long jump, to earn Men’s Most Valuable Athlete honors.

On Sunday, WSU’s Natalie Morerod won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 58.94 seconds. Taylor Thomas placed third (59.70) with Nora Zajovics fifth (1:31). Nikki Larch-Miller finished second in the 100-meter hurdles (13.50) and third in the 200 (23.87). Shanice Andrews finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, 8 3/4 inches.

WSU’s 400-meter relay team of Morerod, sisters Nikki and Taylor Larch-Miller and Shamoya Pruitt finished second with a time of 45.43 seconds.

The Shockers won their seventh outdoor title, all since 2004, to tie Indiana State for second-most in MVC history. SIU owns eight.

On the men’s side, WSU’s D.J. Lindsay won the 400 meters with a time of 47.55 seconds. The 400-meter relay team of Rahim Thompson, Drew Johnson, Jonathan Duvall and Lindsay placed second with a time of 40.95 seconds, just behind Loyola at 40.83. Kelvin Busienei placed third in the 800 with a time of 1:50.72.

In the pole vault, Ethan Pearson placed fourth with a vault of 16-4.

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