(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – Junior pentathlete Zoe Sharplin came one point shy of her personal record, but a score of 3,629 points was enough to claim her first MIAA indoor pentathlon title. The Queensland, Australia native opened the event with a win in the 60-meter hurdles, and held on to the overall lead throughout the day.
Sharplin picked up a win in the shot put to increase her overall lead with two events remaining. After placing third in the long jump, she held a narrow four-point advantage over Lincoln’s Sheri Kaye Campbell. Sharplin then ran a personal-best 2:32.29 in the indoor 800-meters, just 1.58 seconds ahead of Campbell for the conference title.
It’s the first MIAA title in the indoor pentathlon for Sharplin, who earned All-MIAA honors in the event last season with a 3rd place finish.
Sophomore Madison Smith finished third in the multi-event, with a total of 3,468 points. Junior Erin Alewine was in contention after three events, but with three scratches in the long jump, did not earn any points and did not finish the event.
Senior Brent Vogel leads the men’s heptathlon after day one of the two-day event, with a total of 3,015 points. Vogel opened the event with a second-place result in the 60-meter dash, finishing behind Nebraska-Kearney’s Dillon Schrodt. Schrodt held a 41-point advantage through the first event, which Vogel trimmed away with a win in the long jump. The Jefferson City native overtook the sophomore Loper in the shot put, where Vogel placed 5th.
Freshman Daniel McCarty currently sits fourth in the heptathlon with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault, and 1,000 meter run still remaining on Saturday morning. Seniors Carl McCargo (6th, 2,783 pts.), Ethan Warren (8th, 2,577) will also have an opportunity to score points for the Mules in the heptathlon.
The Jennies currently lead the team standings after completion of the first event, with 16 points, followed by Lincoln with 9 points, Northwest Missouri with 5, and Missouri Southern with 4.
Day two of the MIAA Championships kicks off Saturday, Feb. 23 with the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles. Field event finals begin at 1:45 p.m., followed by running event preliminaries starting at 4 p.m.