Feb. 27, 2009
Familiar Arena Awaits Bearcats for MIAA Indoor Championships
Meet Notes (.pdf) | Northwest Championships Site
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State track and field returns to familiar facilities this weekend as the Bearcats travel back to the Central Missouri Multipurpose Building for the third time in February for the 2009 MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Competition begins Friday afternoon with the heptathlon and pentathlon followed by the first round of field events at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Preliminary running events begin with the 60-meter hurdles at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The second round of the field events and the finals of running events take place Sunday.
Tyler Shaw is the top ranked athlete on the men's team based on MIAA performance lists entering the weekend. Shaw is second in the 60-meter hurdles among MIAA athletes with a program-record 8.09 seconds set at the Central Missouri Mule Relays Feb. 7 and has the fifth-fastest time in NCAA Division II performance lists this season. Saturday's preliminary at 4:30 p.m. will be his sixth career race.
Anna O'Brien has the women's top ranking, but will likely miss her final indoor championships due to illness. O'Brien's last meet was a month ago at Iowa State, where she set program records in the mile and 1,000-meter run. She has the MIAA's second-fastest mile time at 5:03.73 and the third-fastest 5,000-meter time with 17:53.51.
Emily Churchman and Zane Myers will both begin Friday afternoon with the conference debut of the pentathlon and heptathlon. Churchman enters the meet with a season-high of 3,372 points and the MIAA's fourth-best mark in the pentathlon, while Myers' 4,408 points in the heptathlon is good for seventh.
Ben McKim has improved his career-best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the shot put in all five meets this season and enters the conference championships ranked fourth in the conference with 55-11 3/4. He's also eighth in national performance lists.
Hannah Henry enters Warrensburg with the conference's fourth-best time in the 60-meter hurdles with 8.94 (converted from a 55-meter race). Henry is a two-time All-MIAA performer in the event and set the program record at 8.96 on the same track three weeks ago.
Henry will join Audrey Bailey, Bridget Kleine and Alissa Miller on the 4x400-meter relay team, who together ran a season-best 3:59.75 last weekend. The time is second only to conference-newcomer Nebraska-Omaha.
All-MIAA Changes for 2009: All athletes in both relays and individual events will need to place in the top three to earn All-MIAA honors. Previously, individual honors went to the top six finishers.
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