May 7, 2009
Track Heads to Chicago and Emporia in Last Chance Meets
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State track and field will split it's teams between three different meets this weekend in an attempt to improve qualifying marks for the NCAA championships before the Sunday night cutoff for entries.
The Bearcats will start at the Dr. Keeler Invitational May 7-8 at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., and will compete in the multi-events at the Chicago Penultimate Meet May 8-9 at the University of Chicago. The rest of the teams will travel to the Emporia State ATG Sports Twilight Qualifier Saturday.
Nine Bearcats have earned NCAA qualifying marks in 11 different events, with Ben McKim and Audrey Bailey both assured of a spot at the national meet May 21-23 in San Angelo, Texas. McKim is fifth in Division II performance lists with 58 feet, three inches in the shot put while Bailey holds the program record and is second in the nation with 59.98 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles.
Tyler Shaw is also in relative safety in the 110-meter hurdles, even though he has yet to reach the NCAA automatic qualifying mark. He's fourth in Division II after he ran a program-record 14.28 to win the MIAA title last weekend at Missouri Southern. The freshman was the national runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles earlier this year.
Emily Churchman has reached provisional marks in the high jump, long jump and heptathlon, but will likely need to improve in at least of the events to earn a trip to Texas. Churchman is 16th in the heptathlon, her best national ranking, with 4,719 points from the Division II Challenge April 9-10. The NCAA accepted the top 12 marks last season.
An All-MIAA performer last weekend, Kate Walter will also need to improve her mark in the hammer throw to solidy her chances in a national championship appearance. She stands 14th in Division II with 168-3. The national committee took 19 athletes in last year's championship.
NCAA Selection Procedure
The NCAA will accept a maximum of 310 athletes for both men's and women's competition, with a desired minimum of 10 relay teams, 12 athletes in multi-events and 16 athletes in all other events. All marks for the season must be reported by 10 p.m. CDT Sunday night. All athletes must be declared for the championships by 2 p.m. CDT Monday afternoon and the challenge period will end at 7 p.m. CDT Monday night.
The NCAA national committee will then fill out the events, starting with automatic qualifiers and then going in descending order through the provisional qualifiers. Ties in the performance list and athletes who qualify in multiple events can cause the final number of athletes in each event to be either greater than or less than the desired minimums. The final field for the 2009 outdoor championships is projected to be released Tuesday afternoon.
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