Oct. 24, 2009
Northwest Women Take Fourth, Men Sixth at MIAAs
EMPORIA, Kan.-Northwest Missouri State women's cross country team placed fourth, its best finish in 11 seasons, and its men placed sixth, its best finish in four seasons, at the MIAA Championships hosted by Jones Park and Emporia State University Saturday.
Bearcat sophomore Angela Adams ran the third-fastest six-kilometer time in program history and placed 12th to lead the women. Adams crossed the line in 22:43.07 and was 10 seconds from earning All-MIAA honors.
Senior teammate Anna O'Brien placed 21st with a time of 23:14.86, good for the 12th-fastest 6K time in program history. Junior Kayli Hrdlicka finished seven seconds behind O'Brien in 23rd place for the 13th fastest time in the records.
Jane Bowness (33rd place) and Jennifer Dittburner (39th) each ran career-best times for the Bearcats, who finished with 128 team points. Missouri Southern won the title after placing six runners in the top seven. Truman was second with 57 points and Pittsburg State took third with 68 points.
Northwest's men were led by sophomores Zach Layton and Teroll Pursell, who each earned honorable mention All-MIAA honors by placing 12th and and 19th, respectively. Layton's eight-kilometer time of 25:50.19 was a career best. Pursell finished in 25:54.04.
The Bearcats placed all five of their runners in the top 45 and finished with 152 team points, nine points more than fifth place Emporia State. Missouri Southern swept the team titles. Pittsburg State (53 points), Southwest Baptist (56) and Central Missouri (90) placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Northwest did upset eighth-place Truman, which was ranked ahead of the Bearcats in the regional rankings.
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