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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

October 1, 2005

Women's Cross Country Finish Eighth in Loyola Lakefront Invitational

CHICAGO, Ill. - Freshman Anna O'Brien (Easton, Mo.) again topped the Northwest Missouri State running charts, as she finished 14th to lead the Bearcat women's cross country team to an eighth place finish at the Sean Earl Loyola Lakefront Invitational.

O'Brien finished the 5K race in 19:08, her fourth top finish for the Bearcats this season. Sophomore Karah Spader (York, Neb.) finished 47th with 19:53, and senior Heather Brokaw (Lake St. Louis, Mo.) rounded out the top-50 with a time of 19:54. Maggie McManigal (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished 68th of 310 runners..

Jennifer Irwin of Ferris State University was the top runner in the women's division, with a time of 17:47. Ferris State University and Macalester College tied for the top women's team.

Both Northwest Cross Country teams will be in action next Saturday in the Concordia Invitational in Seward, Neb., with races beginning at 10:00 A.M. Concordia marks the final meet before the MIAA Championships in Pittsburg, Kan. on Oct. 22.

Northwest Finishers:
14. Anna O'Brien 19:08
47. Karah Spader 19:53
50. Heather Brokaw 19:54
68. Maggie McManigal 20:17
96. Dia McKee 20:42
131. Amanda Gray 21:30
148. Emily Von Weihe 21:44
155. Kristen Degase 21:50
203. Carly Reinoehl 22:56
239. Lacey Jackson 23:39

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