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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

June 26, 2006

2006 Men's Cross Country/Track and Field Recruits Announced

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State track & field / cross country programs and head coach Richard Alsup announced the signing of eight student-athletes to a NCAA National Letter of Intent.

* Jacob Dupin - Liberty High School (track and field)
Dupin is a 6' 0", 175 pound freshman from Kansas City, Mo. At the 2005 state track meet, he finished eighth in the long jump with a personal record 21' 3 ¼" mark. Dupin has also hit 6' 6" in the high jump and 42' 10" in the triple jump.

* Ryan Gates - Neosho High School (cross country/track and field)
Gates is a 6' 0", 140 pound freshman from Neosho, Mo. He placed 11th in the district cross country meet, and equaled the placing in the 3,200-meter run at the district track meet.

* Jimmy Griesbach - Chillicothe High School (track and field)
Griesbach is a 6' 5", 163 pound freshman from Chillicothe, Mo. He was a conference and district champion in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes, placing fifth at the state track meet in the 400-meter dash.

* Tommy Hester - Stromsburg High School (track and field)
Hester is a 6' 2", 165 pound freshman from Stromsburg, Neb. He finished second in the state track meet in the 110-meter hurdles with 14.61, and recorded a time of 40.37 in the 300-meter hurdles.

* Ben McKim - Maryville High School (track and field)
McKim is a 6' 3", 230 pound freshman from Maryville, Mo. He was a state qualifier in the shot put and discus throw, placing fourth in the shot put with 57' 6". McKim also recorded 174' 3" in the discus throw to qualify for the state track meet, but was unable to compete due injury.

* Lee Murdock - Lathrop High School (track and field)
Murdock is a 6' 4", 190 pound freshman from Lathrop, Mo. An academic honor student, Murdock finished third in the 300-meter hurdles at the state track meet with a timing of 40.66 seconds. He has also recorded 15.1 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles.

* Eric Rickert - Millard West High School (track and field)
Rickert is a 6' 4", 285 pound freshman from Omaha, Neb., and is also a member of the Bearcat football squad. In the shot put, Rickert placed first in metro and district competition, and finished second at state competition. He was also district champion in the discus throw.

* Tyler Stengel - Deschler High School (track and field)
Stengel is a 5' 10", 165 pound freshman from Carleton, Neb. He was a state qualifier in the 100-meter dash with 11.10 seconds, and holds a personal record time of 22.8 seconds in the 200-meter dash.

For more information, please contact:

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

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