Bradenton, Fla. (MIAA Press Release)– The MIAA claimed three national titles and five more earned All-American status as the opening day of the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Canniggia Raynor of Central Missouri was the first person to earn All-American status as he threw 217′ 2″ in the men’s hammer to finish as the national runner-up.
Emily Presley of Missouri Southern followed that up with the first National Championship of the day in the women’s pole vault clearing 13′ 3.5″ and having the least misses to claim the title. Central Missouri’s Brittany Kallenberger came in sixth place to earn All-American status.
Heavin Warner of Central Missouri then won the National Championship in the hammer throwing 227′ 5″ which broke both the NCAA Division II Record (which she held) and the National Meet record which stood since 2002. Cassie Casswell of Pittsburg State finished in fifth place to earn All-American.
In the final field event of the first day Kaylee Morgan of Missouri Southern finished fifth and Diana Cauldwell of Lincoln was seventh in the women’s long jump to earn All-American status.
In the first event to go final on the track of the weekend the MIAA claimed another National Championship as Vincent Kiprop of Missouri Southern turned in a 29:23.92 to claim the title.
A full day of events is on the docket as the meet continues tomorrow with six events in the field going final (including decathlon and heptathlon) and two more events going final on the track.