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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Feb. 27, 2010

Adams, McKim Named All-MIAA; Relay Team Breaks Record

 

JOPLIN, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State freshman Angela Adams placed second in the 5,000-meter run and senior Ben McKim captured third place in the weight throw to earn All-MIAA honors on day two of the MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Missouri Southern State University.

The Bearcat women have earned 21 points and are tied with Truman heading into Sunday, the final day of competition. Missouri Southern leads with 48 points, Central Missouri has 26 and Pittsburg State has 23.

The Northwest men sit sixth with 11 points, one behind Southwest Baptist and four points behind Missouri Southern. Central Missouri leads the way with 54 points. Pittsburg State is second with 31 points.

Adams' time of 17:02.3 is the second-best time in MIAA championship history behind Missouri Southern's Kimi Shank, who finished less than three seconds ahead of Adams. Adams' time moves her into 11th place on the national list and places her on the bubble for advancement to the NCAA national meet. Fourteen 5,000-meter runners competed at last year's national meet.

McKim threw a career-best 59-feet-3-inches to earn All-MIAA honors in the weight throw for the first time in his collegiate career. His best event, the shot put, comes Sunday.

Northwest's distance medley relay team placed fourth and set a program record in the process. Junior Kayli Hrdlicka (1,200m), freshman Michaela Chambers (400m), sophomore Heidi Johnson (800m) and sophomore Brittany Poole (1,600m) completed the race in 12:38.46. The previous record was 12:44.21 set in 2006.

Junior Kate Walter earned four team points by placing fourth in the weight throw and senior Jacob Dupin and freshman Porter Groves gained two points each for the men's team by placing fifth in the heptathlon and triple-jump, respectively. The men's distance medley relay team comprised of sophomore Waylon Martensen, freshman Seth Staashelm, sophomore Derek Roberts and sophomore T.R. Pursell placed sixth with their time of 10:38.45.

Northwest advanced a number of runners to Sunday's finals after Saturday's qualifications. Junior Bridget Klein and senior Brandi Honeywell advanced to the finals of the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Tyler Shaw and freshman Travis Manning will compete in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles. Shaw also qualified for the finals of the 200-meter dash.

Sunday's events begin at noon with the women's long jump and the men's shot put and high jump. Track events begin with the mile run at 3:45 p.m.