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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Sept. 11, 2009

Bearcats Open the Cross Country Season at Home

Maryville, Mo. -The Northwest Missouri State cross country teams will host the Bearcat/Spoofhound Open this Saturday. The meet begins the 2009 cross country season for the Bearcats. The race will start and finish on the practice field between the Bearcat baseball field pressbox and the high rise tennis courts. The collegiate women's 5K race is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., and the men's 4-mile race will begin at 10:45.

Northwest will be the host to Highland Community College, Peru State and William Jewell. Maryville, Maysville, Mid-Buchanan, Rockport and Savanah High Schools will also compete. The girls 5K race stats at 9 a.m. with the boys to follow at 9:45 a.m.

Coach Scott Lorek is excited to have senior Anna O'Brien back after redshirting last season. Sophomore Jordan Esry is eligible after sitting out last season due to transfer rules. Lorek has six of his top runners from last year returning. Sophomore Angela Adams finished first among collegiate competitors at the event last season. She was also the Bearcats' top finisher at the MIAA championships. Brittany Poole had the best finish at the regional meet last season with a season-best 6K time of 24:05.8.

"Everyone's back on the women's side, they've improved, and we also have the addition of Jordan and Anna," said Lorek. "One of our strengths right now is that we're healthy."

For the men, sophomore Zach Layton is returning after being voted MIAA Freshman of the Year. T.R. Pursell is at full strength after being injured mid-season last year. Senior Trevor Johannsen finished ninth, right before Layton in 10th, at the MIAA championships last season. Junior Clay Martin was a top finisher among the Bearcats a year ago. Martin ran a season-best 8K time of 27:09.9 at Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational.

For more information, please contact:

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

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