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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

March 19, 2006

Dia McKee Breaks Northwest Steeplechase Record at Alabama Relays

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Northwest Missouri State women's track and field team opened their 2006 outdoor season at the Alabama Relays, a four-day meet hosted by the University of Alabama. Senior Dia McKee broke the school 3,000-meter steeplechase record, topping her own record set last season.

Junior Kailea Cook placed first for Northwest in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, placing 31st and 45th, respectively. Freshman Catrina Bennett finished 55th in the 400-meter dash, running 1:05.11. Freshman hurdler Hannah Henry placed 20th in the 400-meter hurdles and freshman Johanna Avilez crossed the finish line with the 27th best time in the 100-meter hurdles, the top Northwest hurdler in the event.

McKee finished 12th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, running 12:14.92, topping her previous school record of 12:29.84, set at the 2005 Northwest Invitational. Freshman Anna O'Brien placed first for the Bearcats in the 800-meter, finishing 25th; and in the 1,500-meter run, placing 21st. Sophomore Karah Spader finished 11th in the 5,000-meter run, setting a personal record with 18:40.67.

Sophomore Halley Carlson tied for fifth in the high jump with a 5' 3" jump, while freshman Tierney Eaton tied for eighth with 5' 1".

The women will join the men in hosting the Northwest Centennial Multi-Events on March 26-27 and the Northwest Invitational on April 1.

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