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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

March 3, 2009

Three Bearcats Advance to Houston for NCAA Championships

Emily Churchman Ben McKim shaw
Emily Churchman Ben McKim Tyler Shaw

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State will send one of the nation's top throwers, hurdlers and pentathletes to Houston next weekend as Ben McKim, Tyler Shaw and Emily Churchman each advanced to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Competition will take place March 13-14 at the University of Houston's Yeoman Field House as part of the Division II Winter National Championships Festival.

The Bearcat men will be represented at the indoor championships for the 15th consecutive year while Churchman is the first Bearcat woman to compete for a national indoor title since 2006 when graduate assistant Alisha Samuel competed in the 60-meter dash.

Churchman broke her own program record in the pentathlon Feb. 27 in the MIAA Championships with 3,541 points. She matched or set personal records in all five events and finished second at the conference meet. She was the MIAA Field Athlete of the Week Feb. 2 after scoring 3,372 points at the Kip Janvrin Multi-Event Meet Feb. 1. She is ranked ninth in nationwide performance lists and will start competition in Houston at 9 a.m. March 14.

McKim threw past the NCAA provisional shot put mark in all six meets this season and peaked with 55-11 3/4 at the Central Missouri Classic Feb. 20. He earned All-MIAA honors last weekend with a third-place finish. He stands fifth in all-time program records in the shot put and hopes to follow in the steps of his older brother, Daniel, who was an All-American in the shot put for the Bearcats in 2003. Ben will compete at 2:05 p.m. March 14 as one of four MIAA throwers in the field.

Shaw needed just three races this season in the 60-meter hurdles to turn in Division II's fifth-best time of 8.09 seconds. He holds the program record and will try to become the first Bearcat hurdler to earn All-America honors since Renwick Bovell in 1990. The preliminary heats for Shaw begin at 6:15 p.m. March 13 with finals scheduled for 5:05 p.m. March 14.

Athletes need to place in the top eight of events to earn All-America status. Fans will be able to follow the championships with live video and results on the NCAA.com (live video feed requires Microsoft Silverlight).

For more information, please contact:

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

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