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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Feb. 18, 2006

Three Bearcats Win Individual Events at Prairie Wolf Invitational

LINCOLN, Neb. - Three Northwest Missouri State individuals won events while six placed within the top-five at the Prairie Wolf Invitational on Feb. 17, hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Freshman Keelen Green finished first in both rounds of the 60-meter dash, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA meet with 6.84 seconds. Green placed third in the 200-meter dash, while junior E.J. Falkner earned a provisional spot in a first place finish, crossing the finish line in 21.80 seconds. Falkner also placed second in the 60-meter dash behind Green.

A second-place finish by junior Eric Isley in the 800-meter run led the Bearcat distance runners. Isley, who is ranked second in the event in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) performance lists, has finished in the top-three four times this season. Freshman Auston Huerta placed 14th in the 3,000-meter run while junior Matt Pohren finished 13th in the mile run.

Freshman Daniel Urum-Eke placed first in the triple jump in his first meet of the season, recording a 46' 4" jump. Junior Bayo Adio placed third in the high jump for the third consecutive meet, jumping a season-high 6' 8". Sophomore Kendall Wright also earned a sixth-place finish in the long jump.

For female sprinters, senior Alisha Samuel placed second in the 60-meter dash, her fourth top-three finish this season. Freshman Johanna Avilez was the top Bearcat in the 200-meter dash, finishing 15th in 27.37 seconds. Junior Megan Robinson also finished 18th overall and first for Northwest in the 400-meter dash.

In distance events, freshman Anna O'Brien finished 10th in the mile run with 5:14.35 and 26th in the 800-meter run, the highest Northwest finisher in both events. Sophomore Karah Spader finished 12th in the 3,000-meter run, and sophomore Cassie Sherlock placed 26th in the 5,000-meters with 21:58.61.

Junior Stacy Loemker finished 18th and 19th in the shot put and weight throw, respectively, as the lone Northwest thrower in either event. Sophomore Halley Carlson tied for sixth in the high jump with a 5' 3" as freshman Tierney Eaton tied for 12th. Eaton also placed eighth in the long jump.

Both Northwest teams will travel to Joplin, Mo., for the MIAA Indoor Championships at Missouri Southern State University on Feb. 24-25. It will be the last opportunity for individuals to qualify for the NCAA championships in Boston, Mass., on March 9-11.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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