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May 22, 2009
Audrey Bailey and Tyler Shaw both won their respective hurdle events and set program records in the second day of the MIAA Outdoor Championships at Fred Hughes Stadium at Missouri Southern. Bailey became the first Bearcat to run faster than a minute in the 400-meter hurdles with 59.98 seconds while Shaw shattered his own record with 14.28 in the 110-meter hurdles.
Bailey avenged an earlier second-place showing to Truman's Shaina Dochterman at the Northwest Open April 4 with the win and unofficially moves into second in the Division II performance list. Bailey defeated runner-up Dochterman by more than half a second for the Bearcat women's only victory at the championships.
It's Bailey's second MIAA championship in the event. She ran 1:02.75 to win at the 2007 championships.
Shaw defeated Pittsburg State's Jeremy Jackson by fifth-hundredths of a second to record Division II's third-fastest 110-meter hurdle time this season. Shaw became the second Bearcat champion in the event in the last three years and the ninth in program history.
Rachel Lewis earned All-MIAA honors with a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash in a season-best 12.51 seconds. Lewis and Bailey both added more all-conference honors along with Alissa Miller and Bridget Kleine in the 400-meter relay with 48.36 to finish third.
Shaw joined John Miles, Kevin Okonta and Sheldon Cook on the 400-meter relay team to run a season-best 41.15 and finish third for All-MIAA status.
Kleine and Emily Churchman both finished fourth in their events and one spot away from all-conference honors. Kleine ran 57.32 in the 400-meter dash while Churchman jumped 18 feet, three inches in the long jump.
The Northwest men finished seventh in the team standings with 64 points and three points away from fifth-place Fort Hays State. The women placed eighth with 79 points and were within 10 points of sixth-place Emporia State.