Feb. 21, 2005
Northwest to Compete in MIAA Championships This Weekend at Central Missouri State
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State is gearing up for the 2005 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships. The meet will be hosted by Central Missouri State University and will take place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26. Field events will start at 2:00pm on the Friday and 11:00am on Saturday. (Schedule of Events)
Nine of the 10 MIAA schools will be represented at this year's championships for both the men and women. The teams competing will be Central Missouri State, Emporia State, Missouri-Rolla, Missouri Southern, Northwest Missouri State, Pittsburg State, Southwest Baptist and Truman State.
Head men's coach Richard Alsup and women's mentor Scott Lorek are going into this weekend with much enthusiasm and a team mentality. Lorek commented, "we are ready to go and are really looking forward to it. It's going to be a good team weekend."
Coach Alsup added "this is the weekend that we all look forward to. It means the most to me and I know to our athletes as well.
"We are fairly healthy and are happy with the athletes competing. There is a loss of injuries in the indoor season but we have had to come to terms with that and go into this weekend looking to do our best. This past weekend, we improved and built up our confidence." Coach Alsup has high hopes for this weekend and is very confident in what his competor can accomplish.
The last time Northwest captured the men's team indoor track title was 1992 under the direction of coach Earl Baker. The women won the team title in 1998 as well in 1997. Missouri Southern broke an eight-year men's title run for Central Missouri State by earning top honors in 2004. On the women's side, the Lions of MSSU earned the championships as they became the third different program in three years to win team honors.
Recapping last years championships, E.J. Falkner placed in four events, three individual and one being the 4x400 medley. Falkner placed second in the 400M with a time of 49.19, third in the 60M dash at 7.00 and fourth in the 200M dash with a clock of 22.14. Falkner is second on the 2005 NCAA Performance List as of Feb. 19th in the 60M with his time of 6.86 and for the 200M dash for his time at the CMSU classic of 22.14. On the Performance List in the 400M, Falkner is ranked first with his time of 49.23.
Senior Clint Prange is third amongst NCAA throwers after his throw at the CMSU Classic of 62' 6 1/4", which broke Northwest's school record. Dallas Flynn is sitting in the third spot with a throw of 54' 4 1/2" that was accomplished also at the CMSU Classic.
Senior Mary Wirt is fourth on the NCAA performance list in the women's weight throw with a distance of 54'50" that was accomplished at the CMSU Classic this past weekend. Senior Katie Scherer also placed on this list in the eighth spot in the women's shot put with her throw from CMSU classic of 40'8".
The 'Cats are fresh off an appearance at CMSU as they went for top-5 finishes in 24 events among the men and women's teams.
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