William Woods records tumble at Central Missouri Relays

WARRENSBURG — William Woods University sophomore Anthony Stockton broke his own school record in the men’s shot put with a third-place finish at the University of Central Missouri Relays on Friday.

Stockton’s throw of 51 feet, 8 1/4 inches surpassed his previous mark of 50-8 1/4. He also finished fifth in the hammer throw with a distance of 178-7.

Stockton was one of four William Woods athletes to set school records on Friday.

Sophomore Morgan Ruff established a school record in the women’s javelin with her fifth-place throw of 109-10, topping the previous mark of 108-7 set by Emily Edens in 2009. Junior teammate Miranda Loesch also set a school mark in the women’s hammer throw by placing 10th in 142-5, easily surpassing the previous record of 129-6 that she set earlier this season.

Senior Vern Watkins established a school mark in the men’s long jump with his 12th-place finish of 20-5 3/4. Watkins eclipsed the previous record of 19-11 3/4 set by Miguel Rios in 2010.

Among the top finishers for the William Woods women were senior Ciara Tatum, third in the 200 (28.83 seconds) and fourth in the 400 (:59.89); freshman Whitney Burton, second in the high jump (5-3); sophomore Courtney Henderson, second in the 5,000 meters (20 minutes, 17.72 seconds); senior Kristi Palmer, third in the 1,500 (5:02.66) and seventh in the 800 (2:27.67); freshman Alex Apperson, third in the triple jump (34-1 1/4); freshman Jessi Zink, fifth in the 200 (:28.90), and junior Brianna Johnson, sixth in both the 100 (:13.27) and 200 (:29.24).

Other top place-finishers for the William Woods men included sophomore Corey Samples, third in the 5,000 meters (15:59.41); freshman Tanner Edwards, fourth in the 200 (:22.73); freshman Cody Kern, fourth in the 1,500 (4:11.94); sophomore Matt Brumit, tied for seventh in the high jump (5-10 3/4); sophomore Jon Williams, eighth in the 800 (1:58.93), and senior Justin Simms, eighth in the javelin (150-11).

On Thursday at the 84th-annual University of Kansas Relays in Lawrence, sophomore Ryan Meyer set a school record in the 5,000 and also qualified for the NAIA outdoor track and field championships under the “B” standard.

Meyer finished 12th in the 5,000 with a time of 14:58.28. He erased the previous mark of 15:08.38 that he set two weeks ago at the University of Central Missouri.

Meanwhile, sophomore Terrell Shannon placed seventh in the 800 in 1:54.86 at the Kansas Relays.

In the women’s division, William Woods junior Cheryl Held came in 16th in the 10,000 in 39:29.08. Held finished third among NAIA runners in the event.

Both William Woods teams compete April 28-30 in the American Midwest Conference outdoor championships. William Woods will host the throwing events, while the rest of the championships will take place at McKendree (Ill.) University.

Carthage (Wis.) College.....7

Westminster tennis (M).....2

ELSAH, Ill. — The Blue Jays closed out the regular season by suffering their second straight loss Friday.

Logging victories for Westminster College (9-6) were freshman Alec Belden at No. 4 singles and junior David Berry and sophomore Steven Yob at No. 3 doubles.

Here are Friday’s singles and doubles results:

•No. 1 singles: Jeff Lotz (CC) defeated so. Tony Stephenson (WC) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; No. 2: Daneric Hazelman (CC) def. senior Chris Claypool (WC) 6-1, 6-1; No. 3: Matt Whiteside (CC) def. sophomore Anthony Becker (WC) 6-3, 6-2; No. 4: Belden (WC) def. Alex McLean (CC) 6-1, 6-4; No. 5: Nick Boomgarden (CC) def. Berry (WC) 6-2, 6-4; No. 6: Russell Mull (CC) def. Yob (WC) 6-3, 6-1.

•No. 1 doubles: Lotz/Hazelman (CC) def. Claypool/Becker (WC) 8-2; No. 2: Whiteside/Boomgarden (CC) def. Stephenson/Belden (WC) 8-6; No. 3: Berry/Yob (WC) def. Andrew Knutson/Brandon Curtis (CC) 9-8 (7-5).

The Blue Jays compete in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team championships in St. Louis on April 30.

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