March 14, 2009
Shaw National Runner-Up in Hurdles; Churchman Eighth in Pentathlon as Both Earn All-America Honors
HOUSTON - Tyler Shaw ran a program-record 8.06 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles to finish second and Emily Churchman placed eighth with 3,504 points in the pentathlon as both earned All-America honors in the final day of the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships. Ben McKim also finished 10th in the shot put with 54-1 3/4.
Shaw lowered his own program record by three-hundredths of a second in the best finish by a Bearcat since 2005. Shaw is the second hurdler in program history to earn indoor All-America honors and the first since 1990. Hr is the first freshman in Division II history to finish first or second in the 60-meter hurdles since 2005.
Churchman is the first Bearcat female to place at the indoor national championships since Alisha Samuel in the 60-meter dash in 2005. Churchman set career bests in four of her five events and tied for third in the high jump as one of three MIAA athletes in the top eight of the final standings.
All three Bearcats were making their first career NCAA championship appearances and will participate in the closing ceremonies for the Division II Winter Championships Festival later tonight.
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