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Press Release

March 12, 2004

Samuel Heads to National Finals in 60-Meter Dash

Top Finishers

NCAA Division II National Track and Field Championships
Boston, Mass.
March 12, 2004

60m - G. Helms, withdrew
800m- E. Isley, 10th, 1:53.46
WT - D. McKim, 10th, 55-9

60 m - A. Samuel, 6th, 7.68
60m - K. Cook, 13th, 7.88
800m-S. Suntken, 10th, 2:14.15

BOSTON - The Northwest Missouri State University women's track and field team has advanced one runner to the final day of the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Alisha Samuel (So., San Juan, Trinidad) took sixth place in the 60-meter dash preliminary Friday at Boston's Reggie Lewis Center to qualify for Saturday's finals. She clocked in at a time of 7.68 seconds, which is slightly over her season-best time of 7.64. She will compete in the finals at 4:10 p.m. Eastern Time Saturday.

Kailea Cook (Fr., Parkville, Mo.) ended her first indoor track season with a 13th place finish in the 60-meter dash national prelim with a time of 7.88 seconds. The top nine runners advanced to the finals.

Steph Suntken (Jr., Indianola, Iowa) missed qualifying for the 800-meter run finals by one place. She finished 10th in the prelims with a time of 2:14.15, which was just 0.23 seconds behind the ninth-place final qualifier.

The theme of barely missing the finals continued on the men's side as Daniel McKim (Jr., Maryville, Mo.) took 10th in the weight throw with a toss of 55 feet, 9 inches. Only the top nine throwers advanced to the final round of throws.

Eric Isley (So., Pleasantville, Iowa) ran in a tough heat of the 800-meter dash, also taking 10th place in a time of 1:53.46. He missed qualifying for the finals by 0.06 seconds.

Gabriel Helms (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) had to withdraw from the men's 60-meter dash preliminary due to a hamstring injury suffered earlier in the week.

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