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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

May 21, 2009

NCAA Championships Day 1 Event Blog

Jared Verner, Sports Information Graduate Assistant

(6:26) - Senior Anna O'Brien and sophomore Bridget Kleine both missed the finals in both their events. O'Brien ran 4:38.54, less than two seconds off her program record, but finished 13th in the preliminaries (the NCAA took 12 to finals).

Kleine want 56.86 in the preliminaries of the 400-meter dash, and had to contend with a lane eight starting position. She finished six-tenths off her career-best.

Just one event left for the Bearcats tonight: the 400-meter hurdle preliminaries. Audrey Bailey will be in the second of three heats, which start at 8:10 p.m.

(5:19) - And now that I get a chance to look at the day one results in the heptathlon, Emily Churchman will begin tomorrow 13th with 2,854 points. She finished with a new career-best in the 100-meter hurdles (14.90 seconds) and had solid performances in the high jump (5-4 1/4) and 200-meter dash (26.68). She was five-hundredths of a second away from matching her career-best in the 200 meters.

She's 174 points away from eighth-place Heather Miller of St. Cloud State.

(5:07) - Kate Walter finishes ninth in the nation in the hammer throw with her program-record throw of 177 feet. She was a walk-on last year for her freshman season, and today made the finals as a sophomore at the national championships. It's a bittersweet moment, because she improved her personal record by nearly nine feet but finished one spot away from All-America honors.

Best thing is, she still has two years to get on the podium and collect the hardware.

(4:21) - Kate Walter just broke the program record in the hammer throw with a mark of 177 feet in her final attempt of the preliminaries to advance to the finals. She recorded 172-4 on her first attempt to break her previous career-best of 168-3.

She broke the record of 173-9 held set by Julie Humphreys in 1998.

(3:11) - Emily dropped down to No. 12 in the overall standings with 2,115 points. She's only 75 points away from ninth-place Heather Miller of St. Cloud State and 80 points ahead of 14th-place Michele Frayne of Millersville.

The final event for Emily today, the 200-meter dash, is scheduled to start around 3:30 p.m.

(3:08) - Emily struggled at the shot put for her third event of the day. She threw her best mark of 30-9 1/4 on her first throw to score 489 points. Still waiting for official results to be posted to see where she now stands.

(2:23) - Emily Churchman moved to No. 15 to No. 10 with her seventh-place performance in the high jump. She'll be competing in the shot put next, which is located just across the javelin runaway from the high jump pit.

Only 55 points separate the No. 7-13 athletes. The top eight earn All-America honors.

(1:42) - Emily cleared 1.63 meters (5-3) on her first attempt, but was stopped at 1.66 meters (5-5 1/4) on all three attempts. She'll scored 771 points for a total of 1,656 points through her first two events. There are still athletes trying to go higher, so we'll have to wait until they're done to see where that puts Emily overall.

(1:02) - Emily passed on 1.42 meters (4-7 3/4) and 1.45 (4-9) and cleared the heights of 1.48 (4-10 1/4), 1.51 (4-11 1/2) and 1.54 (5-0 1/2) on her first attempt. She needed two attempts at 1.57 (5-1 3/4) but cleared 1.60 (5-3) on her first attempt. She was one of 13 athletes still competing at the 5-3 mark.

(11:45) - Churchman's 15th overall after hurdles. She's heading into the high jump in about half an hour with 855 points.

(11:31) - Emily finished third in her heat with a career-best 14.90 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles. Three more heats before we know where she stands in the 16-person field.

(10:19) - Just arrived and got settled into the media workroom at the stadium. Emily Churchman had a very positive attitude on the drive over and was relaxed for the big day.

I also just found out that Menudo was going to be in town Saturday night. In case you don't know who they are (because I didn't) they were a 80s boy band of which Ricky Martin was a member. I learn something new everyday.

(8:42) - Tyler Shaw and Head Coach Scott Lorek headed over to the track about 40 minutes ago to get in another practice session before he has to race tomorrow. The track won't be open for practice once the decathlon starts at 10:30 a.m.

I'm planning on heading over at 10 a.m. along with the coaches and Emily churchman, who starts the heptathlon at 11:30 a.m. Hopefully I'll be able to keep you updated on her performances during the day.

The LeGrand Sports Complex is a track-only facility, although I noticed there is still a hole for a football goal post right in front of the javelin runway. The community football stadium is two blocks south, and I was told it does have a track but no steeplechase pit. Angelo State has their arena on the north end of the track stadium, and their weight room overlooks the track, which provides a very nice media workroom for the meet.

It reminds me a lot of Washburn's setup, where its recreation center has the large windows to allow people to look into the stadium.

The Complex went through a lot of improvements during the last year to get it ready for today. Angelo State resurfaced the track, repainted the bleachers and added a scoreboard/video board for live results. Almost all the events are in or near the track, with the exception of hammer which is east of the stadium across a four-lane street.

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