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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

October 26, 2002

Men's Harriers 6th, Women 7th at MIAA Meet

JOPLIN, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University men's and women's cross country teams finished sixth and seventh, respectively at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Championships Saturday.

The Bearcat men were led by John Heil's 19th-place finish. He covered the eight-kilometer course in 25 minutes, 50.1 seconds. Jamison Phillips was Northwest's number-two runner, taking 27th place with a time of 26:11.9

Kyle Keraus finished just behind Phillipsin 28th. His time was 26:19.3. Chad Fowler finished 20th and Ezrah Busieney was 34th, rounding out the Bearcat's top five.

Missouri Southern won the men's championship, edging Truman State by a total of 45-47.

For the Bearcat women, Dia McKee led the way with a 20th-place finish. She turned in a time of 23:12.3 in the six-kilometer race. Jessica Lane was the next highest Bearcat finisher in 39th place with a time of 24:14.8.

Julie Toebben finished in 46th place, Jessica Montsano was 48th and Rachel Jenkins was 52nd to round out the Northwest scoring entries.

Pittsburg State got by Central Missouri State for the MIAA Championship, scoring 57 points to the Jennies' 65.

Northwest will have a week off to prepare for the South Central Regional Championships, slated for Nov. 9 in Warrensburg, Mo.

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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