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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

September 30, 2006

Anna O'Brien Wins Rhodes Invitational; Women's Team Ties for Second

MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Sophomore Anna O'Brien won the Rhodes College Invitational in Memphis, Tenn., earlier today. O'Brien is the first women's cross country athlete to win a meet since Lindsey Borgstadt won the Doane College Invitational on Sept. 26, 1998. The win marked O'Brien's tenth consecutive first-place finish among the Bearcat squad. The Northwest Missouri State women's team tied for second with host Rhodes College with 70 points.

O'Brien crossed the finish line with a time of 19:07.10, over four seconds in front of second. Junior Karah Spader finished third with 19:19.52 in the 5K run. Freshman Jennifer Dittburner and sophomore Kristen Degase rounded out Northwest athletes in the top-25.

Women's team champion was Southern Arkansas University, tallying 66 points.

Both men's and women's teams will head to Vermillion, S.D., on Fri., Oct. 6, for the Coyote Invitational, hosted by the University of South Dakota. Start time is 10:30 a.m.

Women's Bearcat Finishers - 5K
1. Anna O'Brien - 19:07.10
3. Karah Spader - 19:19.52
18. Jennifer Dittburner - 20:43.64
22. Kristen Degase - 20:52.05
26. Maggie McManigal - 21:05.46
30. Anne Benedict - 21:21.37
32. Jane Bowness - 21:32.77
39. Blair Sample - 21:51.16
40. Kim Eversgerd - 21:51.86
44. Amanda Gray - 21:59.42
26. Kim Homan - 22:08.23
52. Mandee Johnson - 22:25.22

For more information, please contact:

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

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