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Aide takes second in pole vault

ST. LOUIS -- Kelsey Aide's bid at a second consecutive NAIA outdoor pole vault national championship fell one jump short on Thursday. The Dickinson State sophomore cleared 11 feet, 9 3/4 inches and had a shot to beat Doane (Neb.) senior Meagan Ba...

ST. LOUIS -- Kelsey Aide's bid at a second consecutive NAIA outdoor pole vault national championship fell one jump short on Thursday.

The Dickinson State sophomore cleared 11 feet, 9¾ inches and had a shot to beat Doane (Neb.) senior Meagan Bauer on her final jump. However, Aide couldn't clear and Bauer, who had the same height but more cleared jumps, won the national title.

"It was one of those situations where none of the vaulters just got very comfortable," DSU coach Pete Stanton said. "...None of the vaulters could get in a very good flow."

At the end of the first day, the DSU women were in third place with 15 points. The team record is 18 points, which the Blue Hawks accomplished last season.

"It says a lot about the character of those ladies and about the depth we've been able to develop the last four years," Stanton said.

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Christa Hofland got the DSU women off to a great start with a seventh-place finish in the hammer throw. The sophomore had a toss of 162-1 but fell far short of Black Hills State's Aubrey Baxter, who had a toss of 198-9 to win the national title.

Chadee Moss and Sara Holle secured five points for the Blue Hawks in the long jump.

Moss, a senior from the Bahamas, finished sixth with a leap of 18-8½. Holle, a freshman from New Salem, was seventh at 18-6.

"I couldn't be any happier with the performance of our women," Stanton said. "To have four national placers today was just outstanding."

On the men's side, Jeremy Herr was the only Blue Hawk to compete in the finals. He had a throw of 170-8 in the javelin and finished 13th.

The Blue Hawks scored no points on the day but had several promising preliminary runs.

"The guys did what we needed to do," Stanton said. "That's the easiest way to say. We advanced as many of them to the next round as we thought we'd get."

Allan Ayala is leading the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.63, the second-fastest time of his career.

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"He wanted to set the tone in the hurdles for the rest of the field," Stanton said.

Ramon Miller was second in the 400 at 47.93. St. Gregory's sprinter William McCaskill is ahead of him with a 47.65. DSU's Sean Pickstock is in seventh at 48.25.

The 400 relay ran the third-best time of their preliminary. The team finished at 41.30, not far behind Oklahoma Baptist's time of 41.13.

The 3,200 relay team entered with the 14th-best time in the national and is now guaranteed to score team points after finishing seventh overall in the preliminaries at 7:40.69. Indiana Wesleyan was in the lead at 7:36.65.

College track and field

Results Thursday

NAIA National Championships

At St. Louis

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Men

Finals

Javelin: 1, Jeff Buller, Bethel, 214-8. 13, Jeremy Herr, DSU, 170-8.

Preliminaries

100: 1, Tyrell Cuffy, King College, 10.44. 15, Michael Sands, DSU, 10.88.

400: 1, William McCaskill, St. Gregory's, 47.65. 2, Ramon Miller, DSU, 47.93. 7, Sean Pickstock, DSU, 48.25.

400 hurdles: 1, Allan Ayala, DSU, 51.63.

400 relay: 1, Oklahoma Baptist 41.13. 3, Dickinson State 41.30.

3,200 relay: 1, Indiana Wesleyan 7:36.65. 3, Dickinson State 7:40.69.

Women

Finals

Pole vault: 1, Meagan Bauer, Doane, 11-9¾. 2, Kelsey Aide, DSU, 11-9¾.

Hammer throw: 1, Aubrey Baxter, Black Hills State, 198-9. 7, Christa Hofland, DSU, 162-1.

Long jump: 1, Ruky Abulai, Simon Fraser, 20-8½. 6, Chadee Moss, DSU, 18-8½. 7, Sarah Holle, DSU, 18-6.

Preliminaries

100: 1, Kimberly Smith, Wayland Baptist, 12.07. 12, Kyla Wasser, DSU, 12.81.

400 relay: 1, Wayland Baptist 46.91. 12, Dickinson State 48.81.

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