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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

May 3, 2008

Southern Women, Central Men Hold Day One Leads

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Missouri Southern's women's team won four of six events Saturday and has more than twice as many points as second-place Central Missouri after day one of the MIAA Championships at Herschel Neil Track.

The Lions won three field events and closed the day with Kimi Shank's win in the 10,000-meter run to finish with 92 points. Three-time defending champ Central Missouri had the top preliminary times in the 100-meter hurdles and 100-meter dash and is second with 44.5 points. Emporia State placed four in the top six of the long jump and stands third with 43 points.

Southern, which has never won an MIAA outdoor track and field title, can win the running world's "Triple Crown" if it can hold its lead Sunday. The Lions won the MIAA cross country and indoor track and field titles earlier this academic season.

The Central Missouri men have won six of the last seven outdoor titles and have positioned themselves for their third straight trophy after opening an 18-point lead on second-place Pittsburg State and Fort Hays State.

Dan Raithel won his third consecutive hammer throw title with a toss of 200-feet-9-inches to pace the Mules. Central placed four in the top six of the event and finished the day with a total of 52 points.

Fort Hays State's Brady Maska threw better than 184 feet to win the discus for the second year in a row. The Tigers placed four athletes in the top eight of the event and are tied with Pittsburg State in the team race with 34 points.

Other competitors who defended their 2007 championships included Missouri Southern's Jessica Selby-Tallman, who won her third straight title in the hammer throw. Emporia State's Jonel Rossbach defended her title in the 3,000-meter run and Missouri Southern's Ryan Arthur did the same in the 10,000-meter run.

Competitors broke two stadium records and tied another Saturday. Erica Culver (MSSU), Katrina Biermann (Truman) and Michelle Mitchell (PSU) each cleared 12 feet in the pole vault. Culver did so in the least amount of attempts and won the event.

Truman's Sean Bergstedt bettered his own record in the prelims of the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.02s. Central Missouri's Damond Berry tied the stadium record with a 10.45-second 100-meter dash. Berry also finished second in the prelims of the 200-meter dash.

Action continues Sunday with field events starting at noon and running events to begin at 1 p.m. The championship's final race, the 1600-meter relay, is slated for 5 p.m.

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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