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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

May 8, 2005

Prange Breaks MIAA Record, Grabs Two Titles at MIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

PITTSBURG, Kan. --- (Complete results) Northwest Missouri State senior thrower Clint Prange broke the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Associations (MIAA) shot put record and was champion in the discus as the men's team placed fifth (64 points) while the women were sixth (29 points) at the MIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Pittsburg State at Prentice Gudgen Track. Sophomore E.J. Falkner was crowned winner of the 400-meter dash and junior Alisha Samuel won medalist honors in the 100-meter dash with the competition ending today.

Prange, who has three MIAA Outdoor Athlete of the Week honors under his belt, heaved the shot 62'1", which broke Jason Stove of Emporia State's 1998 mark of 61'8". The throw also bested the school record of Conrad Woolsey in 2002 (59'11"). In the discus, Prange automatically qualified at 182'11, which was more than 13 feet past the next finisher from Pittsburg State.

Falkner added to his hardware shelf from the indoor season with his time of 46.52 in the 400-meter to claim top honors. Falkner was the 2005 MIAA Indoor 200-meter champion as well as setting the school mark in the 60-meter and 200-meter runs. A wide receiver on the Northwest football team, Falkner is a two-time All-America performer from the indoor campaign.

The Northwest women were led by the first-place of Samuel in the 100-meter with a time of 11.89. She also provisionally qualified in the 200-meter by taking third (24.80). For the 2005 season, Samuel has now taken two titles after the 60-meter indoor mark.

In other notable efforts, freshman John Bullock was second in the 400-meter hurdles as he clocked 53.93. Freshman Jeff Kangar notched a season-best 1:57.68 in the 800-meter run to place fourth.

The Pittsburg State men came back from a Day 1 deficit to win the team title, 124-123 over Emporia State. On the women's side, Central Missouri State tallied 199 points, 46 points ahead of second-place Missouri Southern.

Both squads will have one last chance to qualify individuals for national competition at the Emporia State Twilight on May 14.

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