Feb. 25, 2006
Bearcat Men Finish Second, Women Sixth, at MIAA Championships
JOPLIN, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University men's indoor track and field team placed second in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Indoor Championships at Missouri Southern State University. The finish was the highest for the men in four years since the second-place finish at the 2002 meet. The women's team finished sixth out of the seven team field. Five athletes won events and three Northwest records fell during the weekend in Joplin, Mo.
Junior E.J. Falkner finished first in the 400-meter dash for the second consecutive year at the MIAA meet, setting a school record in the event with 48.42 seconds. Falkner also placed second in the 200-meter dash. Freshman Keelen Green placed second in the 60-meter dash and provisionally qualified with a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash. Freshman Kendall Wright finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles, setting a personal record with 8.47 seconds.
Junior Eric Isley won the 800-meter dash with a time of 1:52.48, over three seconds in front of the second-place runner. Isley's finish marks the third first-place finish in the event this season and his fifth top-three performance in any event this season. Junior Matt Pohren placed third in the 5,000-meter run and 13th in the 3,000-meter run and junior Bryan Touney placed 10th in the mile run.
Northwest produced three MIAA champions and broke one school record in field events. Freshman Daniel Urum-Ike won the triple jump with a season-high 46' 7 1/2" jump, his second first-place finish of the year. Junior Bayo Adio set a personal record in the high jump, winning the event with a 6' 9 3/4" jump. The Bearcats took the top two spots in the long jump with Wright taking top honors, followed by freshman Sheldon Cook. Senior Travis MacKenzie recorded a provisional qualifying mark with a record-breaking 59' 10 1/4" distance in the weight throw.
Sophomore Johanna Avilez finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles, breaking the school record with a 9.29 second run in the semi-finals. Senior Alisha Samuel placed third in the 60-meter dash, her third career top-three finish at the MIAA Championships in the event. Junior Megan Robinson set a personal record in the 200-meter dash, finishing eighth with 26.23 seconds.
Freshman Anna O'Brien placed seventh in the mile run, the highest individual finisher for the Bearcats in distance events. Sophomore Karah Spader finished eighth in the 3,000-meter run and tenth in the 5,000-meter run, the highest Northwest finisher in both events. The distance medley team, composed of O'Brien, sophomore Stacie Trulin, senior Dia McKee, and junior Heather Brokaw, finished third with 12:44.21.
Freshman Tierney Eaton set a personal record in the high jump with 5' 5 3/4" in a fourth-place finish. Junior Stacey Loemker finished 10th in the shot put and set a personal record in the weight throw with 48' 5 1/4". Senior Abby Disselhoff also placed fifth in the weight throw.
The MIAA Championships represented the last opportunity for Bearcat athletes to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships on Mar. 9-11 in Boston, Mass. To participate, athletes must meet automatic qualifying marks or earn an invitation based on provisional qualifying marks.
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