PUEBLO, Colo. — Seniors Mike Beeler, Kiara Jones and Heidi Smith each punctuated their careers with All-America performances on the final day of the 2012 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships Saturday (May 26) at Neta & Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl on the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus.
Beeler, a Lenexa, Kan., native captured a national runner-up performance in the men's javelin. The pre-meet favorite posted a top mark of 233 feet, 0 inches, with his best throw coming on the second of his six attempts.
Justin Shirk of Bloomsburg garnered the national title with a winning throw of 235-11. Pitt State's Calvin Hughes also placed 16th in the discipline with a 186-7 throw.
Jones, a Pittsburg native, ended his collegiate career with a mark of 51-7.25 on his sixth and final attempt in the triple jump. The distance landed him third in the competition.
Freshman Marquis Cushon narrowly missed All-America honors in the discipline, placing ninth with a best jump of 49-9.
In the men's pole vault, Jeff Piepenbrink earned All-America honors by finishing in a tie for seventh place. He cleared 15-11 in the competition. Colbie Snyder also cleared 15-11 and finished in 10th place.
Smith, an Elkhart, Kan., native, earned All-America honors in the shot put Saturday, two days after doing the same in the hammer throw. She finished seventh in the competition with a mark of 47-8.5.
Larissa Richards also placed 15th in the shot put with a top throw of 45-4.5.
The Pitt State men tallied 23 points in the competition. The Gorillas sat in 11th place in the team standings with one event to go in the competition. The Pitt State women scored four points overall.