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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

November 1, 2007

2007 NCAA South Central Regional Preview

Maryville - (Meet Notes) The Northwest Missouri State University cross country teams will be traveling to Joplin, Mo., to compete in the NCAA South Central Regional meet hosted by Missouri Southern State University. There will be a total of 29 teams participating from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), Lone Star and Heartland conferences.

The competition will take place at the Missouri Southern cross country course located north of Fred Hughes Stadium on the MSSU campus.

The men took seventh at last years meet and the women finished 10th. The last time the regional meet was hosted by Missouri Southern was in 2004. The men took sixth-place that year with two runners in the top 20. The women finished seventh.

Sophomore Ben Chappell has been the top runner for the Bearcats, having placed first among Northwest runners for every meet this year. Chappell earned Runner of the Week honors two meets ago at the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic with an 8K time of 25:51.54. Freshman T.R. Pursell has finished second for Northwest in all but one meet this season.

Junior Anna O'Brien leads the women into this weeks meet after an all-conference fourth-place finishing time of 23:27.46 at the MIAA Championships. O'Brien has finished first for Northwest every meet this year and in 18 of her 19 career meets. Senior Karah Spader has finished second for Northwest in every meet this year, with a personal best time of 18:50.39 at the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic.

Others expected to compete include:
Men Best 8K Time
David Franz (Junior) -27:14.20
German Guerrero (Junior) - 26:51.25
Brad Sorensen (Junior) - 28:05.41
Harry Whitaker (Freshman) - 27:57.12
Ryan Gates (Sophomore) - 27:42.35
Women Best 6K Time
Jennifer Dittburner (Sophomore) - 24:47.90
Blair Sample (Sophomore) - 24:48.35
Madison Marshman (Freshman)- 25:09.65
Mary Jantz (Freshman)- 25:48.05
Maggie McManigal (Junior) - 25:37.93

For more information, please contact:

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

Northwest Athletics
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