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COLUMBIA — The Lincoln indoor track and field teams closed out the regular season by breaking a meet record and winning three events Friday at the Missouri Collegiate Challenge.

Nickeisha Beaumont broke the record for the Blue Tigers at the meet, which featured mainly NCAA Division II competition as well as athletes from the host school.

Beaumont pulled off her feat while winning the long jump with a leap of 5.92 meters, topping the mark of 5.82 set in 2009 by JaNay Woolridge of Missouri.

The distance is also a provisional qualifier for the ipcoming Division II Indoor Championships.

Teammate Shakeisha Miller added a top-eight finish in the event, coming in fifth (5.16 meters).

One of Lincoln’s other wins came in another field event, as Danielle Newman topped the competition with a mark of 12.01 meters in the triple jump. Miller took second in that event (11.35 meters) and Campbell placed fourth (11.14 meters).

The Blue Tigers’ other victory came in the 60-meter hurdles, where Lincoln snagged the top three spots. Juneille Barker won in 8.69 seconds, a provisional qualifying mark for nationals, while Miller took second (8.78) and Toni-Ann Moore finished third (8.79).

The Lincoln women dominated the sprint events, posting four top-six finishers in both the 60- and 200-meter dashes.

Cardine Copeland led the charge in the 60-meter, finishing in second (7.71), and was followed by Toni-Ann Moore in third (7.74), Beaumont in fourth (7.85) and Kayla Heidelberg in fifth (7.93).

The times for Copeland and Moore were provisional qualifying marks.

In the 200-meter, Moore finished second (25.66), Copeland was third (25.91), Heidelberg was fifth (26.38) and Barker was sixth (26.44).

In the high jump, Newman placed fifth (1.55 meters) and Campbell finished seventh (1.50 meters).

Also at the event, William Woods’ Alex Apperson (Eldon High School) won the 600-meter run (1:40.31), finished sixth in the 1,000-meter run (3:15.49) and competed on the Owls’ 4x400-meter relay team that came in fourth (4:20.51) in its event.

Missouri’s Heather Green (Jefferson City High School) won the pole vault (3.78 meters).

Katlyn Meier (Vienna High School) of Missouri S&T finished seventh in the 200-meter dash (26.72), eighth in the 60-meter dash (8.08) and was part of the Miners’ 4x400-meter relay team that finished second (4:05.41). Teammate Christine Schmid (South Callaway High School) posted an eighth-place finish in the women’s weight throw (13.27 meters).

On the men’s side, Wesley Best had Lincoln’s best finish of the day when he came in fourth in the 200-meter dash (22.62). Devin Hill of the Blue Tigers finished sixth in the event (22.90).

Hill also finished fifth in the 60-meter dash (7.05).

In the 600-meter run, Lincoln’s Shaquan Williams placed fifth (1:25.69) and teammate Donohue Williams was seventh (1:25.84).

Competing unattached in the event, former Blue Tiger Gerald Bascoe won the 60-meter dash (6.80).

Among other area athletes, Missouri S&T’s Adriel Hawkins (Jefferson City High School) won the 200-meter dash (22.02), finished third in the 60-meter dash (6.95) and placed third in the triple jump (14.43 meters).

William Woods’ Ryan Meyer (Linn High School) won the 5,000-meter run (14:53.92), finished second in the 1,000-meter run (2:40.39) and was eighth in the 3,000-meter run (8:53.69).

Also for William Woods, Kaleb Wilson (Linn High School) was second in the 5,000-meter run (15:35.26). Zach Bryant (Russellville High School) was part of the Owls’ 4x800-meter relay team that placed fourth (8:24.41) and the distance medley relay team that came in sixth (12:14.04) in its event.

Tanner Edwards (Tipton High School) was part of William Woods’ 4x400-meter relay team that won in a time of 3:25.48.

Matthew Schaefer (Helias High School) helped the Truman State 4x400-meter relay team finish third (3:28.02).

Competing for Computomarx, Andy Gilmore (Southern Boone High School) won the high jump (2.07 meters).

The Blue Tigers will compete Saturday and Sunday in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Indoor Track and Field Championships in Warrensburg hosted by the University of Central Missouri.

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