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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

March 1, 2009

Northwest Track and Field at MIAA Championships

(5:25) Well, that puts the cap on my first MIAA indoor championship meet. Lots of solid performances from several people, but as Head Coach Scott Lorek said last night in the hotel, the MIAA is probably the top Division II track and field conference in the nation.

I appreciate all the e-mails I received during the last two days and am thankful so many found this a valuable resource to follow the track and field championships. I welcome any suggestions or comments that you may have in the coming days.

Go Bearcats!

(5:22) Nebraska-Omaha did indeed jump Missouri Southern in the final event to take its first MIAA indoor title in its first attempt.

(5:20) Second place for Northwest Missouri State in the 4x440-yard relay and All-MIAA honors for Audrey Bailey, Hannah Henry, Alissa Miller and Bridget Kleine.

The Bearcat women finish seventh in the team standings with 49 points.

(5:18) Northwest received the second handoff in last place of five teams before strong legs from Alissa Miller and Bridget Kleine brought the Bearcats to a second-place finish in their heat. Not sure on the final placing because it was close to Pittsburg State's time in the first heat.

(5:11) Pittsburg State won the first heat with 4:02. Northwest is up next in the final heat.

(5:09) Going into the final women's event, Northwest can't move up or move back. The Bearcats will finish seventh as a team with at least 41 points.

Nebraska-Omaha could make some noise depending on their its relationship with Missouri Southern in the 4x440-yard relay. The Mavericks have 84 points and the Lions have 91.5. Points are distributed 10-8-6-4-2-1 from first to sixth place.

(5:07) And the 4x440-yard team does finish fifth. With all the men's events complete, Northwest finished seventh as a team with 30 points. Central Missouri won its fourth indoor title in the last five years with 139.33 points.

(5:03) Looks like, unofficially, the men's 4x440-yard relay finished fifth. Central Missouri won the title in approximately 3:22.

(4:58) Tommy Warren, Kevin Okonta, Zane Myers and John Miles just won the first heat of the 4x440-yard relay with a season-best time of 3:29.69. One more heat to go in which all of the seed times are better than 3:26.

(4:37) Mary Jantz lowered her career best in the 5,000-meter run by more than 10 seconds to 10:56 to finish second in the 14-runner field for the first heat.

(4:35) Mary Jantz and Ashlee Orr from Fort Hays State are jockeying back and forth for second going into the bell lap of the 5,000-meter run.

(4:10) Clay Martin made a strong push through the final lap and finished second in the heat with an unofficial time of 8:49. He likely just lowered his personal record by eight seconds and moved into eighth in all-time performer lists, unless the scoreboard clock was really far off.

(4:06) Clay Martin is running fourth and leading the second pack with five laps remaining in the 3,000-meter run. He's timing roughly 5:53 through the first 2,000 meters.

(3:58) The lack of any true sprinters for the Bearcat women are hurting them in the team standings. Northwest has 41 points and a solid hold on seventh, but is 14 away from sixth-place Pittsburg State, which will be difficult with just two womens events remaining.

(3:51) Coming down to the final four events: 3,000-meter and mile relay for both men and women.

(3:47) Okonta earns All-MIAA honors with a third-place finish while Miles places fourth. The Bearcats get 10 team points to increase their total to 28.

(3:43) Kevin Okonta and John Miles just went 1-2 in the first heat of the 200-meter dash with 22.39 and 22.43, respectively. It's a personal record for Okonta and places him ninth in all-time performer lists. We'll see if that gets them points after the second heat.

(3:31) The Bearcat women's team just broke its fourth program record this weekend with Alissa Miller's 1:27.61 in the 600-yard run. Miller was leading through the first two laps and ended up third for All-MIAA honors.

(3:15) Through the first 12 events on the women's side, Northwest is sixth with 35 points and is four points behind fifth-place Truman.

(3:21) Audrey Bailey passed Jenny Blair of Southwest Baptist for first in the third straightaway but finished third in the first heat of the 400-meter dash with 58.93.

(3:02) Ron Purnell did not run in the first heat of the 400-meter dash finals because of an injury.

(2:50) Another All-MIAA performance: John Miles ran 6.88 for the second straight day to finish third in the 60-meter dash.

(2:43) Hannah Henry lowered her program record, lowered her NCAA provisional mark and earned All-MIAA honors with a third-place finish in 8.92 seconds.

(2:36) Tyler Shaw finished fourth with 8.30 in the 60-meter hurdles.

(2:27) Sixth-place finish for O'Brien in the second heat with (unofficially) 5:16.

(2:24) Anna O'Brien is timing about 2:34 through the first half and is in fourth in a field that has a number of nationally-ranked runners.

(2:20) That run will probably be a new career best for Kayli. In glancing at the scoreboard clock when she crossed the finish line, she ran 5:29 and cut about eight seconds off her previous best.

(2:19) Bell lap for Hrdlicka as she keeps pace with Melanie McVay of Southwest Baptist.

(2:17) Kayli Hrdlicka is third through the first 800 meters and clocking roughly 2:40.

(2:11) Pierce just lost three positions within a 15-meter span before crossing the line for the bell lap. He held nearly a two-second lead through the first four laps.

(2:09) Pretty fast clip through the first half of the second heat. Southwest Baptist's Michael Pierce just ran a two-minute half mile through the first four laps.

(2:07) A third and fourth place finish for Northwest in the first heat of the men's mile from Ryan Darling and Waylon Martensen.

(2:00) Just got final results from the men's long jump. Martin Curley finished fifth and held the tiebreaker with a 22-3 mark on his final attempt.

(1:58) Emily Churchman also placed fifth in the high jump with 5-4 1/4. The Bearcat women are fourth in team standings with 26 points and are three points behind third-place Truman after eight events scored.

(1:48) Just got the confirmation on Halley...she did finish third to earn All-MIAA honors with a season-best 5-5 1/4 in the high jump.

(1:28) Emily Churchman just made the finals of the long jump. Curley just made his third attempt of the finals and will finish with his 22-7 on his first attempt.

We're also double-checking the high jump results. It's possible Halley could have finished third, which gives her All-MIAA honors.

(1:09) New career best for Martin Curley with 6.88 meters (22-7). Assistant Coach Tessa Koschel thinks he's capable of going 23 feet today.

Halley Carlson also just finished fourth in the high jump.

(12:59) Good news for Martin Curley over at the men's long jump. He just advanced to the finals with 21-9 1/2. He's four inches off his career-best.

(12:46) Emily Churchman just cleared 5-4 1/4 on the high jump, which matches the career-best she set Friday in the MIAA pentathlon.

(12:32) Emily Churchman is double booked right now. She just cleared the second stage of the high jump and is now warming up for the long jump, which is located right behind the high jump.

(12:28) Churchman and Carlson just used their second attempts to clear 5-2.

(12:21) Kyle Williams just matched his season-best in the long jump with 21-4.

(12:12) Emily Churchman and Halley Carlson made it easily past the opening height of the high jump.

(12:07) Martin Curley is off to a better start in the long jump. He just jumped 6.64 meters (21-9 1/2) on his first attempt.

(11:31) I just looked at our traffic reports from yesterday, and this blog had the second-highest pageview mark on the entire site at 1,591 (although it only had the seventh-highest unique visitor count). Pretty solid numbers.

(11:20) Welcome back to day two of our trackside blog for the final day of 2009 MIAA Indoor Championships. I'm Jared Verner, the graduate assistant in the Athletic Media Relations office, and I'll be keeping you updated on all the happenings for championship Sunday.

We're about 40 minutes away from the field events for the men's and women's long jump, women's high jump, men's pole vault, men's weight throw and women's shot put. I'm going to be moving between the two ends of the UCM Multipurpose Building for the first part of the events, as nearly all the athletes are in the first flight or at the beginning of their flights.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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