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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

March 29, 2007

Northwest Hosts Herschel Neil Decathlon / Ashley Nally Heptathlon

MARYVILLE, Mo. - For two days starting on Sunday, April 1st, Northwest Missouri State outdoor track and field will be hosting the Northwest Collegiate Open and Multis, coined "Herschel Neil Decathlon / Ashley Nally Heptathlon." The event was formerly known as the Herschel Neil Decathlon / Heptathlon dedicated to the great Herschel Neil. Neil, who participated from 1934-37, won 17 individual MIAA titles and set eight school records. Neil also competed in the tryouts for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, but finished in fourth and narrowly missed the qualification. The outdoor track facility was named Herschel Neil Track in 1977 to commemorate the legacy of Neil.

Head men's coach Richard Alsup says that Neil is "arguably the best all-around athlete to ever wear our Bearcat green".

This year, the women's heptathlon event is being renamed to honor former Northwest athlete Ashley Nally, a 21-year old junior, who passed away on Jan. 14, 2005 in a car accident. Nally competed in the long jump, 100-meter hurdles, and had been training to compete in the heptathlon for the outdoor season.

Head women's coach Scott Lorek commented, "A coach once said to me that there are some people who sort of take energy away from you, and there are people who put energy back into you, and Ashley was that person. Having this (heptathlon) named in her honor is a real tribute to who she was and what she was to the University and the team and I'm glad that it's happening."

Both events get started around 1 p.m. this Sunday from the Herschel Neil Track at Bearcat Stadium.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
Lamkin Activity Center | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468