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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Feb. 6, 2009

Henry Breaks Program Record at Central Missouri Mule Relays

Hannah Henry
Hannah Henry


WARRENSBURG, Mo. - Senior Hannah Henry broke the program 60-meter hurdle record in a second-place finish at the Central Missouri Mule Relays today. Henry ran an NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 8.96 to become the first Bearcat to run faster than nine seconds in the event. But her NCAA qualifying time will remain at 8.94 after a conversion from 8.37 in the 55-meter hurdles at the Scott Nisely Memorial Classic last weekend.

It's the fifth program record set this season for the Northwest women following Emily Churchman's pentathlon record and Anna O'Brien's records in the 5,000-meter, 1,000-meter and mile runs.

Mary Jantz led all Division II distance runners with career-bests in both the mile and 3,000-meter runs, posting 5:30.74 in a third-place finish and 11:14.72 in a seventh-place finish, respectively. Jennifer Dittburner cut nearly 30 seconds off her best 5,000-meter time with 19:53.76 tonight.

The Bearcats placed two jumpers in the top five of the long jump as Emily Churchman finished fourth with 17-3.5 and Johanna Avilez placd fifth with 17-2.25. The jumps were career-bests for the duo.

Audrey Bailey provided the bright spot among the sprinters with a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash. She ran a career-best 59.59 and finished behind three sprinters from soon-to-be conference foes Lincoln University.

Kate Walter threw career-bests in both the weight throw and shot put with 43-3.25 and 39-11.5, respectively.

Up Next: The Northwest men compete at Central Missouri tomorrow before both teams travel to the Wildcat Classic Feb. 14 in Wayne, Neb.

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