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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Oct. 19, 2007

Bearcats Head to Truman for MIAA Championships

MARYVILLE - (Meet Notes) Both Northwest Missouri State cross country teams travel to Kirksville, Mo., for the MIAA Championships tomorrow. The women's 6-kilometer race begins at 10:30 a.m., with the men's 8-kilometer run starting at 11:15 a.m.

Competition is set to take place at the Kirksville Country Club at 1115 Country Club Drive, behind the Super 8 Motel on U.S. Highway 63. Fans are asked to park at the Grim-Smith Health & Wellness Center across U.S. 63. The start and finish area will be to the right of the 10th tee of the golf course.

The Bearcat men will look to improve on last year's fifth-place finish. In the last time the championships were held at Truman in 2003, Northwest took fourth, placing two runners in the top 10.

Ben Chappell, the defending MIAA Runner of the Week, has led the Bearcats in all four races this season. T.R. Pursell and Brandon Dart finished second and third in the first three races, with German Guerrero finishing third for Northwest behind Pursell in the Brooks Twilight Classic on Oct. 6.

The Northwest women hope the 2007 meet will be similar to the 1996 MIAA meet held at Truman. In that meet, the Bearcats took their second championship title in as many years while Kathy Kearns won the individual title in 18:35.

The Bearcat women are ranked sixth in the latest South Central Region rankings released by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Among MIAA schools, Northwest sits behind Missouri Southern (1), Southwest Baptist (2), Pittsburg State (3) and Central Missouri (5).

Anna O'Brien has led the team in 17 of her 18 career Bearcat races. She put her name in Northwest record books at the Brooks Twilight Classic on Oct. 6 with the eighth fastest time in school history for a 5-kilometer race. She set the program's best time in a 6-kilometer race at the 2005 MIAA Championships, timing 22:41.1.

Karah Spader has finished second for the Bearcats in every meet this season, finishing directly behind O'Brien in two races. Her 18:50.39 time at the Brooks Twilight Classic broke her previous personal record by nearly 30 seconds, set in 2006 at the Rhodes Invitational in Memphis, Tenn.

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