The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has named a pair of Northwest Missouri State University indoor track and field competitors as its Central Region Track & Field Athletes of the Year.
Senior Kevin Schultz (Platte City) earned the Central Region Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.
Schultz helped lead the Bearcats to a second-place finish at the MIAA Indoor Track & Field Championships with an individual point total of 22.5 points. In the high jump, Schultz has jumped over 7’0” seven times this season. He has a season-high jump of 7’1.75” and he holds the school record, MIAA record and was the 2019 MIAA indoor champion. Schultz ranks No. 3 in the nation and No. 1 in the region in the high jump.
Schultz set the Northwest school record in the heptathlon with 5,309 points, while winning the MIAA indoor title. Schultz ranks No. 5 in the nation and No. 1 in the region in the heptathlon. He is also part of the NCAA automatic qualifier in the 4x400 relay at the MIAA championship meet.
Schultz will compete in the heptathlon, high jump and 4x400 relay at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Nilsen headed to nationals
Park Hill graduate Chris Nilsen qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships slated for March 8-9 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.
Nilsen, a two-time NCAA Champion, enters the competition with the third-best pole vault height this season. Nilsen jumped a season-best 18 feet, 10 ¼ inches, at the Summit League Championships to break his own meet record.
The junior has been consistent this season, jumping 18-8 ¾ for three-straight weeks. He broke 19 feet six times in 2018. Nilsen is a four-time first-team All-American in the pole vault.
PCHS to host MU camp
Platte County High School will be a site for a Missouri Tigers wrestling camp in June.
Missouri announced the Platte City school will host a satellite camp from June 4-6, where participants will learn from the Missouri coaching staff and Tigers wrestlers.
The camp will focus on technical development, program-specific drills along with live wrestling.
Registration runs from 8-8:45 a.m. on June 4. Session 1 will run from 9 a.m to 11 a.m and then Session 2 will run from noon to 2 p.m., each day.
Campers are requested to bring wrestling shoes, headgear, running shoes, workout shorts and shirts, water bottle and a lunch. Tobacco products, alcohol, fireworks and pocket knives are not allowed.
For more information call Alex Clemsen at 573-882-9943 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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