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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Oct. 20, 2007

O'Brien Finishes Fourth; Earns All-MIAA Honors

KIRKSVILLE, Mo.-Northwest junior Anna O'Brien earned all-conference honors by placing fourth at the 2007 MIAA Cross Country Championships Saturday. O'Brien was the highest finisher for the Bearcats, who played seventh with a team score of 148. The Bearcat men placed eighth at the event with a score of 177.

O'Brien ran the 6-kilometer race in a time of 23:27.46, nine seconds behind third-place finisher Grace DelNiro of host-Truman. Emporia State senior Jonel Rossbach won the race with a time of 22:06.65. Kimi Shank of Missouri Southern took second with a time of 22:42.63.

Senior Karah Spader finished in 21st place with a time of 24:20.87. Junior Maggie McManigal was 40th with a season-best time of 25:37.93.

The men were paced by sophomore Ben Chappell, who ran the 8-kilometer race in a time of 27:07.39. Missouri Southern's Dustin Dixon and Dustin Miller took first and second, respectively at the meet. Dixon's winning time was 26:07.34.

Freshman T.R. Pursell placed 23rd for the Bearcats with a time of 27:32.54. Junior Brad Sorensen was 47th with a time of 29:06.12.

Missouri Southern swept both the men's and women's team titles. The women had four runners place in the top 10 and finished with a team score of 43. The men placed four in the top 11 and had a score of 40.

The top seven Northwest individual results are listed below:

Women:
4. Anna O'Brien (23:27.46)
21. Karah Spader (24:20.87)
40. Maggie McManigal (25:37.93)
45. Jennifer Dittburner (25:57.16)
48. Mary Jantz (26:02.88)
51. Madison Marshman (26:10.00)
53. Kim Eversgerd (26:26.75)

Men:
15. Ben Chappell (27:07.39)
23. T.R. Pursell (27:32.54)
47. Brad Sorensen (29:06.12)
52. David Franz (29:23.50)
53. German Guerrero (29:26.34)
56. Harry Whitaker III (29:32.15)
61. Brandon Dart (29:42.54)

For more information, please contact:

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

Northwest Athletics
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