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Press Release

May 4, 2008

19 Earn All-MIAA Honors; Two School Records Fall in Final Day of MIAA Championships

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MARYVILLE - Nineteen Northwest Missouri State track athletes earned All-MIAA honors in the second day of the 2008 MIAA Outdoor Championships at Herschel Neil Track. Six Bearcats also earned or lowered provisional marks in events as both teams finished sixth in team standings.

Sophomores Jason Ciemiega and John Miles led the men's team with three MIAA honors. Ciemiega finished second as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team, fifth in the 400-meter hurdles and sixth in the 110-meter hurdles. Miles placed second with the 4x100-meter relay team, fourth in the 100-meter dash and fifth in the 200-meter dash.

Anna O'Brien also garnered three MIAA honors for the women's team, finishing second in the 1,500-meter run with a school record 4:40.94, fifth in the 3,000-meter run and sixth in the 5,000-meter run.

Audrey Bailey lowered her provisional mark in the 400-meter hurdles by more than second, running a career-best 1:00.84 in the finals of the event, only one-tenth of a second from first. She continues to close in on Kim Spriggs' school record of 1:00.02.

Thrower Eric Rickert became the first Bearcat since Clint Prange to qualify for the national meet in the shot put, throwing 53-7.5 to finish third and earn All-MIAA honors. John Bullock also reached a provisional mark in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing second with a career-best 53.17.

Katy Thomas provisionally qualified in the high jump with a height of 5-6 as one of five MIAA athletes to qualify for the national championships in the event. Hannah Henry earned her third All-MIAA honor in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing fourth with 14.64.

Henry, Bailey, Alissa Miller and Bridget Kleine also earned All-MIAA honors with a third place finish in the 4x400-meter relay, breaking the school record with a time of 3:54.34. It's the second straight year the record was broken at the MIAA Championships.

Twenty-three Northwest athletes earned All-MIAA honors throughout the multi-event championships last weekend and the two-day meet this weekend:

All-MIAA Women Performers (10):
Audrey Bailey: 400m hurdles (2nd, 1:00.84), 4x400m (3rd, 3:54.34)
Halley Carlson: High jump (6th, 5-5)
Hannah Henry: 100m hurdles (4th, 14.64), 4x400m (3rd, 3:54.34)
Bridget Kleine: 4x400m (3rd, 3:54.34)
Rachel Lewis: 100m (5th, 12.37)
Alissa Miller: 4x400m (3rd, 3:54.34)
Anna O'Brien: 1500m (2nd, 4:40.94); 3000m (5th, 10:17.74); 5000m (6th, 18:36.10)
Karah Spader: 10000m (6th, 39:08.55)
Katy Thomas: High jump (5th, 5-6); Triple jump (6th 36-06.25)
Kate Walter: Hammer throw (6th, 148-7)

All-MIAA Men Performers (13):
John Bullock: 400m hurdles (2nd, 53.17); 4x400m (2nd, 3:17.44)
Jason Ciemiega: 110m hurdles (6th, 15.04); 400m hurdles (5th, 54.43); 4x400m (2nd, 3:17.44)
Sheldon Cook: 4x100m (2nd, 41.03); Long jump (5th, 22-07.75)
E.J. Falkner: 100m (10.68); 4x100m (2nd, 41.03)
Jimmy Griesach: 4x400m (2nd, 3:17.44)
Courtland Ingram: Decathlon (5th, 6,492 pts.)
Ben McKim: Shot put (4th, 52-11.75)
John Miles: 100m (4th, 10.66); 200m (5th, 21.52); 4x100m (2nd, 41.03)
Kevin O'Konta: 4x100m (2nd, 41.03)
Ron Purnell: 400m (48.80); 4x400m (2nd, 3:17.44)
Eric Rickert: Shot put (3rd, 53-7.50)
Ike Urum-Eke: Triple jump (3rd, 48-0.50)
Kendall Wright: Long jump (2nd, 23-02.50)

Up Next: Northwest athletes will have a final chance to reach or improve on provisional marks at the Emporia State Twilight Qualifier May 10.

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