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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

August 3, 2006

Men Ranked Third; Women Eighth in MIAA Preseason Poll

Press release courtesy of MIAA offices

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Both Central Missouri State University squads ended up on top of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Preseason Cross Country Coaches Polls.

The Mules tied defending MIAA champion Missouri Southern atop the men's survey -- each ended up with four first-place votes and 44 points.

The Jennies edged Pittsburg State by two points for the role of conference women's favorite, 47-45. Central Missouri State had five first-place votes to PSU's three.

The Northwest Missouri State men were a solid choice for No. 3, with the final five spots separated by four points.

Pittsburg State had 23 points in fourth, two ahead of new league member Fort Hays State. Truman had 20 points in sixth, with Emporia State and Southwest Baptist tying for seventh one point behind the Bulldogs.

Southern, winner of MIAA men's crowns in five of the last six seasons, has the top returning runner from the 2005 conference meet in junior Dustin Miller. Miller was third in last season's race and joins junior Kyle Davis (fifth) and Dustin Dixon (seventh) as returning All-MIAA performers.

The Mules lose 2005 individual champion Jarod Wall, but have two All-MIAA runners back in senior Joe Mundt (fourth) and junior Dennis Hill (ninth).

Northwest also has a pair of All-MIAA competitors coming back, led by senior Matt Pohren (sixth) and junior Drew Wilson (ninth).

The Truman women were third behind CMSU and PSU with 37 points, then Southern and ESU tied for fourth with 25 points. SBU was sixth with 23 points, while FHSU and Northwest round out the list.

CMSU has its top three finishers from the 2005 MIAA title race coming back -- led by junior Gina Kennison, the defending conference individual champ. Senior Danielle Nagel (third) and sophomore Sandy Davidson (ninth) also return.

Like the Jennies, the Gorillas have three All-MIAA performers slated to return. Junior Erica Ogle was the runner-up in 2005, with classmates Julie Jones and Venessa Lee placing sixth and seventh, respectively.

Truman has senior All-MIAA performer Jacquie Faust (10th) coming back, along three others who placed in the top 25 last season.

2006 MIAA Cross Country Preseason Coaches Polls

Men Pts.
1. Central Missouri State (4)... 45
Missouri Southern (4)........ 45
3. Northwest Missouri State..... 32
4. Pittsburg State.............. 23
5. Fort Hays State.............. 21
6. Truman....................... 20
7. Emporia State................ 19
Southwest Baptist............ 19

Women Pts.
1. Central Missouri State (5)... 47
2. Pittsburg State (3).......... 45
3. Truman....................... 37
4. Missouri Southern............ 25
Emporia State................ 25
6. Southwest Baptist............ 23
7. Fort Hays State.............. 12
8. Northwest Missouri State..... 10

Points awarded on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
Coaches could not vote for their own school.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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