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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Aug. 7, 2009

Cross Country Coaches' Polls Released

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State's men's and women's cross country teams are both picked to finish eighth in the MIAA as voted on by the league's coaches and announced by the conference office Friday.

Missouri Southern's women and Southwest Baptist's men are picked to repeat as MIAA champions. Pittsburg State and Southwest Baptist are 2-3 in the women's poll. Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State are 2-3 on the men's side.

Sixth-year head coach Scott Lorek returns six of his top seven runners from last year's women's team. In addition, the Bearcats welcome back senior all-region performer Anna O'Brien, who redshirted last season. O'Brien holds Northwest's 6K record with a time of 22:09.7. She placed fourth at the 2007 MIAA championships and ninth at the 2007 NCAA regional meet.

Also expected to add depth to the women's team is sophomore Jordan Esry, who missed 2008 after transferring to Northwest from Pittsburg State.

The Bearcat men return their top four runners, including All-MIAA performers Trevor Johannsen and Zach Layton, who placed ninth and 10th at the MIAA championships, respectively, last season. Layton went on to earn all-region honors after placing 12th at the NCAA regional meet. Johannsen and Layton enter their senior and sophomore seasons, respectively.

Also back for the Bearcats are senior Ben Chappell and junior Clay Martin. Junior T.R. Pursell returns to the lineup after missing the last half of 2008 due to injury. Pursell was Northwest's second-best finisher at the 2007 MIAA championships where he placed 23rd.


2009 MIAA Men's Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll

School Pts.
1. Southwest Baptist (5)........... 47
2. Missouri Southern (3)........... 44
3. Pittsburg State ................ 37
4. Central Missouri ............... 30
t5. Emporia State .................. 18
t5. Truman ......................... 18
7. Fort Hays State ................ 17
8. Northwest Missouri State ....... 13

2009 MIAA Women's Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll

School Pts.
1. Missouri Southern (6)........... 62
2. Pittsburg State (2)............. 57
3. Southwest Baptist (1)........... 50
4. Truman ......................... 42
5. Central Missouri ............... 36
6. Fort Hays State ................ 30
7. Emporia State .................. 22
8. Northwest Missouri State ....... 17
9. Nebraska-Omaha ................. 8

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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