Kallenberger, Sharplin power UCM's strong team effort at Mule Relays
WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Junior Zoe Sharplin picked up her first multi-event win of the season, besting a field of 17 athletes at the UCM Mule Relays on Friday. Sharplin finished the pentathlon with a score of 3,498, earning a provisional qualifying mark for the upcoming NCAA Track & Field Championships in March.
Sharplin opened the meet with a win in the 60m hurdles, then held the overall lead throughout the pentathlon with top-three finishes the rest of the morning. With a seventh-place finish in the 800m run, Sharplin was able to clinch the win. Her mark of 3,498 stands as the second highest in the MIAA this season, and fourth-best in NCAA Division II.
Freshman Brittany Kallenberger placed 12th in the pentathlon while competing in only four of the five events. Kallenberger picked up a provisional mark during the multi-event, posting a mark of 5'6" in the high jump. She picked up her second provisional mark of the day in the pole vault, winning the event by clearing the bar at 11'10.75". Her performance in the pole vault ranks third in the MIAA, and is the 22nd-best mark nationally.
The meet's only other provisional mark recorded on Friday came in the weight throw, when Heavin Warner took second place with a throw of 55'7.75". That mark ranks 20th in Division II this season, and is the second-highest in the MIAA.
Jennies' sprinter Clarissa Thomas took first place in the 600-yard run, finishing with a time of 1:28.12.
In the final race of the day, the combination of Alissa Keil, Samantha Merritt, Haley Russell and Allie Rexroad won the distance medley relay in a time of 13:35.16.