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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Feb. 28, 2009

Northwest Track and Field at MIAA Championships

(9:36) With the women's seventh place finish in the distance medley relay, the second day of the MIAA Indoor Championships is in the books. After six complete events, the Northwest men set eighth with six points (all coming from Ben McKim's third-place finish in the shot put), and the women sit fifth with 18 points (coming from the pole vault and pentathlon).

I appreciate everyone who checked into today. Competition tomorrow begins with field events at noon and finals of the running events starting at 2 p.m.

(9:09) Obviously, it's a disappointing way to start off your last indoor championships. Anna finished a lap down after running the majority of the race without her shoes. She entered today with the conference's third-best time in the event.

(8:47) Anna O'Brien's running about seven minutes through the first six laps of the 5,000-meter run...without shoes. She lost her first one at the finish line and must have kicked the other one off later in the lap in order to keep her balance. Quite a way to make a return after being sick during the last month.

She still has to run another 18 laps in just socks.

(8:28) The second heat, as can be expected, was about 12 seconds faster through the first 12 laps with 7:38. Josh Mathis was leading three Missouri Southern runners who occupied the top four positions. Trevor Johannsen was clocking about 7:45 through the first half.

(8:09) With 12 laps remaining in the first heat of the 5,000-meter run, Southwest Baptist holds two of the top three positions, but the leader at the halfway point is Pittsburg State's Josh Coberly with a 7:50 pace. David Franz is the lone Northwest runner in the heat and is clocking roughly 8:12 through the first 2,500 meters.

(7:59) Kevin Okonta and John Miles both ran season bests in the preliminaries of the 200-meter dash to qualify for tomorrow's finals.

Next up: Three heats of 24 laps each in the 5,000-meter run.

(7:22) The end of the preliminaries are in sight. The men's and women's 200-meter dash are about to be begin and then it's the finals of the 5,000-meter run and distance medley relay.

(7:03) Kaleb Brumbaugh was leading through the first two laps of the second heat in the 800-meter run preliminaries, which included the nation's 11th-best half-miler, Shawn Etzenhouser of Southwest Baptist. But Brumbaugh quickly faded and finished eighth in his heat with 2:04.96, which was still just .23 off his career best.

(6:42) I can't say that I attend many collegiate track meets, but it seems like the officiating for this meet is more than what most of these athletes expect. I'm lucky enough to sit near the timers station at the finish line, and it seems like the number of disqualifications reported to the timers is higher than a regular season meet.

(6:35) Isaac Freeman lowered his career best in the 600 yard run by nearly two seconds to 1:17.85, but finished 13th overall in the preliminaries and won't be able to advance to tomorrow's final.

(6:20) Audrey Bailey lowered her career best in the 400-meter dash by nearly a full second with 58.56 seconds to finish second her heat. She moves into third in all-time performer lists past Bridget Kleine, who ran 59.81.

(6:10) The Bearcat women are third in the team standings through four complete events with 18 points (8 from pole vault, 10 from pentathlon).

(6:04) But I just overheard that Warren will be disqualified because he cut in too soon after the first full turn.

(6:02) Tommy Warren just ran a career best 51.07 in the 400-meter dash preliminaries. He cut nearly eight-tenths from his previous mark of 51.84 set last weekend.

(5:34) We are 19 minutes behind and it looks like it could get longer. The officials are discussing something at the start line of the 60-meter dash, which was supposed to start at 5:15 p.m. Since Northwest doesn't have anyone in this race, I'm thinking this is my best chance to take care of some business.

(5:23) John Miles just turned in a solid time in the first heat of the 60-meter dash with 6.88. It's his second straight race that he's ran the NCAA provisional qualifying time or better.

(5:03) Hannah Henry ran a 9.08 to win the first heat of the women's 60-meter hurdles. It's the exact same time as her preliminary time from three weeks ago at the UCM Mule Relays, where she later ran 8.96 in the finals to break the program record.

(4:56) Tyler Shaw just won the second heat of the 60-meter hurdles with 8.22. It's the second-fastest time in the preliminaries to Jeremy Jackson's (Pittsburg State) 8.01.

(4:41) Bayo, glad to hear from you! Bayo was an All-American high jumper for Northwest in 2007, and couldn't make it down today because of the snow.

(4:25) Ben McKim also finishes third in the shot put to earn All-MIAA honors with 55-4 1/4. It's his first career indoor shot put conference honor.

(4:23) A nasty takeoff on her second attempt limited her chances at 12-4 3/4, but Melanie still ends up with a new program record of 12-0 3/4. In her previous two MIAA indoor championship meets, her best mark was 10-6.

(4:14) And Melanie gets 11-11 3/4. Northwest is guaranteed at least eight points an another All-MIAA performer, as its now down to Melanie and Missouri Southern's Ciara Lipsey.

(4:05) Melanie Royeton just provisionally qualified with a career-best 11-9 in the pole vault. She's going for 11-11 3/4 right now.

(3:52) The MIAA men's shot put leader coming into today, Brian Allen of Pittsburg State, just fouled out on all three attempts. Should result in two more team points for Northwest. Ben McKim does advance to the finals with his 55-4 1/4 mark.

(3:43) Thanks to my trusty statistican, Becky McKim, her son Ben is third after the second round of the second flight of the shot put with 16.87 meters (that's 55 feet, 4 1/4 inches in case you're not up to date with your metric conversions). It's his sixth meet this season where he has thrown past the NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

(3:28) Kind of a rough start through the first flight of field events. The bright spot is that Melanie Royeton is passing on the first two heights at the pole vault after vaulting a personal record (12 feet) during warmups. Jacob Dupin is also in at the high jump with another attempt at 6-4, even though he forgot his jumping shoes at the hotel today.

(2:25) Did you know that the most watched television show was MASH? I would have guessed The Simpsons, but I'll have to admit, MASH is a little before my time. That's the third tidbit of information that the PA announcer has provided as he kills time before field events start.

(2:01) I must have missd her when she got on the bus, but I just saw Anna O'Brien. She had been sidelined for nearly a month because of injury, but it looks like she's ready to go for today. She'll have plenty of time to stay rested, as her first event (the 5K) isn't until 8 p.m. She has the MIAA's third-fastest time in that event with a program-record 17:53.51.

(1:49) We just arrived and must have missed the last event of the heptathlon. Jacob Dupin finished fifth in the 1,000-meter run and seventh overall with a career-best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 4,529 points. Zane Myers finished 19 points behind for eighth.

(1:40) Good afternoon Bearcat fans and thanks for joining me at the UCM Multipurpose Building in Warrensburg, Mo. I'm Jared Verner, the graduate assistant in the Athletic Media Relations office, and I'll be trackside for the 2009 MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Because of the snowy conditions across the region, it was just announced that the field events for today will be moved to 3 p.m. That includes the men's and women's triple jump, men's high jump, women's pole vault, women's weight throw and men's shot put.

For more information, please contact:

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

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