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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Nov. 3, 2007

O'Brien Earns All-Region Honors at NCAA Regional Meet

JOPLIN, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University cross country teams finished up their last meet of the season today at the NCAA South Central Regional hosted by Missouri Southern University. There were a total of 16 teams that competed with about 117 runners on both the men's and women's side. The men finished in 12th place with 290 total points and the women finished in seventh-place with 195 points.

Junior Anna O'Brien finished first among all Bearcats with a ninth-place finishing time of 22:09.7, setting a new school 6K record, beating her old time of 22:41.1 in 2005. Senior Karah Spader took second for Northwest, finishing 29th overall with a time of 22:44.6, setting a new personal best and re-setting the schools second fastest time by nine seconds. O'Brien and Spader finished first and second for Northwest every meet this year.

Junior Maggie McManigal finished third for Northwest, 42nd overall, with a time of 23:13.4 which makers her time the fifth fastest in school history. Freshman Madison Marshman finished fourth for Northwest, 59th overall, with a time of 23:45.6, which puts her in the tenth fastest time slot in school history. Runners Jane Bowness and Blair Sample also set new personal best times of 23:51.4, and 24:42.6 respectively.

Sophomore Ben Chappell led the men with a 44th-place finishing time of 33:08.7. Chappell finished first for Northwest every single meet this year. Freshman T.R. Pursell finished directly behind Chappell in 45th with a time of 33:11.7. Pursell has finished second for Northwest in every meet this year except for one.

Northwest Finishers

9. Anna O'Brien -22:09.7
29. Karah Spader- 22:44.6
42. Maggie McManigal - 23:13.4
59. Madison Marshman - 23:45.6
64. Jane Bowness - 23:51.4
88. Blair Sample - 24:42.6
105. Mary Jantz - 25:48.5

44. Ben Chappell - 33:08.7
45. T.R. Pursell - 33:11.7
58. Brad Sorensen - 33:43.5
63. David Franz - 33:47.3
92. Ryan Gates - 34:52.7
99. Chris King - 35:19.2
108. Kaden Myers - 36:27.0

For more information, please contact:

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

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