The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 11, 2013

MIAA notebook: League wins five track national titles

By Jim Henry
Globe Sports Writer

— Entries from MIAA schools won five national championships last weekend at the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships at the CrossPlex Complex in Birmingham, Ala.

Lincoln added to its long tradition of sprint success when the Blue Tigers swept the 60-meter dash — Latoya King first for the women followed by Romel Lewis for the men.

The Blue Tigers added another national title when the women’s quartet of Lovan Palmer, Yanique Haye, Donna-Lee Hylton and Michelle Cumberbatch captured the 4x400 relay.

Central Missouri swept top honors in the multi-events as Brent Vogel won the heptatlon and Erin Alewine took the pentathlon. Vogel’s total of 5,760 points set a meet record.

In all, the MIAA had 34 All-America (top-8) performances — 17 for the men, 17 for the women.

Missouri Southern came home with three All-Americans. Kylie Cornman took fourth in the women’s shot put on Friday, and then on Saturday, Michael Juergens finished third in the pole vault and Seth Hackney was seventh in the shot put.

Lincoln had 13 All-Americans, nine of them on the women’s side as the Blue Tigers finished second in the team standings with 48.5 points, 10.5 behind Academy of Art.

Central Missouri had four men and four women All-Americans. The Mules led conference schools in the men’s competition with 29 points, good for seventh place overall.



Familiar names

The top three men’s finishers in the Division II cross country championships last November at Missouri Southern each won a national title at the indoor meet.

Micah Chelimo of Alaska Anchorage, the men’s winner on the Lions’ course, won the 5,000 meters indoors. Cross country runner-up Kevin Batt of Adams State won the 3,000 and third-place finisher Tabor Stevens of Adams State captured the mile.

Alicia Nelson of Adams State, the women’s cross country national champion, prevailed in the 3,000 meters indoors.

Melissa Agnew of Mary, who was seventh in the cross country meet, won the mile indoors and also anchored Mary’s winning distance medley relay team.



Basketball streaks

One MIAA basketball streak ended and another continued at the postseason tournament at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

Either Washburn or Northwest Missouri State had won the women’s championship ever since the tournament moved to Municipal Auditorium in 2003. But that didn’t happen this year as Washburn ousted the Bearcats 52-39 in the quarterfinals, and then Emporia State knocked off the top-seeded Lady Blues 61-54 in the semifinals.

Washburn’s hopes of repeating as the men’s champion ended in Friday night’s quarterfinals with a 99-88 loss to Central Oklahoma.

With the Ichabods’ exit, it’s been 26 years since a men’s team has successfully defended its title. No men’s team has won back-to-back titles since Southeast Missouri State won three straight from 1985-87.