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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


Jan. 15, 2011

Bearcats begin 2011 in Nebraska


LINCOLN, Neb.-It had been more than a month since the Northwest Missouri State men's and women's indoor track teams last competed, but the programs broke the ice on 2011 by competing at the Holiday Inn Invitational hosted by the University of Nebraska Friday and Saturday.

Northwest's teams combined for five top-five finishes highlighted by senior Kate Walter's NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the weight throw. Walter threw a career-best 55-feet-5.75-inches, the second-best throw in program history, and placed third behind two Nebraska throwers.

The men's performances were highlighted by junior T.R. Pursell who ran the second-fastest 3,000-meter run in program history. Pursell took second place with a time of 8:40.34. He was two seconds behind Nebraska-Kearney's Al Sanabria.

Junior Taylor Overmiller finished 10th in the 1,000-meter run after turning in the ninth-fastest time in program history. Overmiller ran 2:35.01, which trailed four Nebraska runners and two runners who ran unattached.

Sophomore Katti Carroll and senior Kayli Hrdlicka entered top 10 lists on the women's side. Carroll placed third in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:05.48 - fourth in program history. Hrdlicka competed in the 3,000-meter run for the first time and placed sixth after finishing in 10:43.88 - eighth in program history.

Sophomore Will Haer cleared 15-feet-1-inch to take runner-up honors in the pole vault. Sophomore Porter Groves placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 21-feet-3.5-inches.

Saturday was the first of back-to-back weekends that Northwest teams will compete at the University of Nebraska. The Nebraska Wesleyan Invitational will be hosted there Friday.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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