Jan. 28, 2006
Four Northwest Individuals Place in Top-Five at Iowa State Open
AMES, Iowa - Both Northwest Missouri State Indoor Track and Field teams finished competition at the Iowa State Open during the weekend, placing four individuals in the top-five of their events. Nearly 1,500 athletes from schools of all levels of athletic competition were in attendance in Ames, Iowa, for the meet.
JuniorE.J. Falkner led the male sprinters, tying for third in the 200-meter dash and placing ninth in the finals of the 60-meter dash. Sophomore Courtland Ingram placed 33rd in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles, while freshman Anthony Armstrong finished first for Northwest in the 400-meter dash, placing 54th in 53.31 seconds.
The Bearcat men distance runners were paced by junior Eric Isley, who finished third in the 1,000-meter run at Ames, Iowa. It's the third top-three finish for Isley this season, who finished first in the 800-meter run in the two previous meets. Sophomore Jeff Kanger finished first for Northwest in the mile run, placing 30th overall, while junior Matt Pohren finished 20th in the 3,000-meter run, placing ahead of sophomore Brandon Dart, who finished 23rd in 9:03.33.
In the field, the men were led by the third place finish of junior Bayo Adio in the high jump, who was participating in his first intercollegiate meet of the season. Senior Travis Brownley placed in the top-ten overall for the shot put, throwing 46' ¾" at the Iowa State Open. Freshman Martin Curley placed in two events during the weekend, earning 19th in the long jump and 21st in the triple jump events.
On the women's side, senior Alisha Samuel recorded a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter dash, while also finishing 26th in the 200-meter dash. In the 400-meter dash, the Northwest women were led by junior Megan Robinson, who finished 15th overall in 1:00.17. Sophomore Hannah Henry missed out on the final round, but was able to place 25th in the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles, running in 9.65 seconds.
The women's distance runners were highlighted by the finishes of freshman Anna O'Brien and sophomore Karah Spader in their respective events. O'Brien finished the mile run in 15th with a time of 5:17.66, while also finishing first the Bearcats in the 800-meter run, placing 25th overall. Spader earned success in the 5,000-meter run, finishing 15th overall in 18:42.63.
Junior Stacey Loemker placed 14th in the weight throw and 23rd in the shot put to lead the Northwest women in the field events this weekend. Freshman Lexi Koenig was the lone Bearcat competitor in the pole vault, but managed to record a 15th place finish with a 8'4" vault.
Both Northwest track and field teams will take some time off, as they prepare to participate in the Central Missouri State University relays, in Warrensburg, Mo. The women will compete on Feb. 10, with the men competing on Feb. 11.
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