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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Feb. 26, 2010

Churchman Takes Fourth in Pent; Men in position


JOPLIN, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State seniors Emily Churchman and Lindsay Biermann have earned the first five points for the Bearcats at the MIAA Indoor Championship Meet after placing fourth and sixth, respectively, in Friday's pentathlon.

Both set career-best point totals in the event with Churchman earning 3,679 points and Biermann finishing with 3,221 points. Churchman and Biermann are 1-2 on the program's all-time pentathlon list.

Central Missouri's Lindsay Lettow (3,845 points) and Anne Carlson (3,693) took first and third, respectively, with Nebraska-Omaha's Shannon Moore (3,800 points) sandwiched in between.

The top four finishers Friday now hold four of the top five point totals in the nation with St. Cloud State's Heather Miller the only non-MIAA student-athlete in the top five. To put Friday's point totals into perspective, Churchman's 3,504 points at last year's national meet netted her All-America honors.

Northwest senior Johanna Avilez ran a career-best 9.02s in the 60-meter hurdles Friday which is tied for the second-fastest time in program history. Avilez completed the first four events of the pentathlon before sitting out the 800-meter dash to conserve energy for tomorrow's events. Avilez will compete in the 60-meter hurdles Saturday and the high jump Sunday.

Northwest senior Jacob Dupin sits third with 2,694 points and freshman Seth Staashelm is sixth with 2,510 points after four events in the heptathlon. Dupin enters the event with the nation's 15th-best performance to date and won the high jump event with a leap of 6-feet-4.75-inches. The final three events - 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter run - take place Saturday with the hurdles starting at 9 a.m.

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